Five-Second Rule Pretty Much Bogus

Study indicates that germs are faster than that

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 18, 2012 9:59 AM CDT

(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.

That deck looks pretty clean, right?
That deck looks pretty clean, right?   (Shutterstock)
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