Five-Second Rule Pretty Much Bogus
Study indicates that germs are faster than that
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 18, 2012 9:59 AM CDT
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(Newser) – If you were laboring under the delusion that the "five-second rule" had any basis in scientific fact, well, keep dreaming. Germs latch onto food a lot faster than that, according to a new San Diego State University study co-funded by the cleanly folks at Clorox. Researchers dropped baby carrots on floors, countertops, sinks and more, and found that germs routinely beat the five-second clock, CBS Atlanta reports.

Perhaps a more surprising result of their research: countertops actually appeared to be the most germ-infected surface, narrowly beating out carpeted and tiled floors. Will the finding stop people from eating off the floor? We doubt it. Another study conducted in tandem found that 65% of parents admit to abiding by the five second rule. We shudder to think what that jumps to among bachelors.

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Oct 18, 2012 3:48 PM CDT It's only been 2 years since the last time we had a fluff piece on the 5-second rule. Can we start a 5-year rule on repeating this crap?
Oct 18, 2012 3:48 PM CDT
We must consult the most authoritative scientific sources on this matter:
Oct 18, 2012 3:14 PM CDT
I have never tried eating ice cream that dropped on the floor. It would keep slipping out of my hand. I'll eat most anything else I drop on the floor, except maybe mashed potatoes. Exposure to germs is not a bad thing. It can actually make you healthier.