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(New York Daily News)   New evidence supports five-second rule. Bon appetit   (nydailynews.com) divider line 26
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2014-03-11 08:46:41 PM
I always suspected this, but never dreamed that carpet was superior to tile in terms of shiat that gets on dropped food. Learn something new everyday.
 
2014-03-11 08:53:12 PM

FoonFlake: I always suspected this, but never dreamed that carpet was superior to tile in terms of shiat that gets on dropped food. Learn something new everyday.


There's just a lot more hair and lint in the carpet.
 
2014-03-11 09:24:27 PM
I've heard this anywhere from 2 seconds to 20 minutes. Depending on how filthy the floor is changes which rule I play by, but I think my limit is 30 seconds.
 
2014-03-11 09:28:08 PM
The toast always lands butter side down...
 
2014-03-11 09:57:08 PM

rogue49: The toast always lands butter side down...


Words to live by...
 
2014-03-11 10:01:34 PM
meh

/I just wipe it off on my shirt
 
2014-03-11 10:04:29 PM
In my house the only time food ever makes it all the way to the floor is if the dog is outside, the farker has ESP when it comes to when food might be dropped, I was frying bacon last week, the dog was lying down about 20 feet away and still managed to snag the piece of bacon I dropped before it hit the floor...
 
2014-03-11 10:35:00 PM
FTA : "The study was performed by final-year biology students,"

yeah... about that

/gonna go with Mythbusters on this one
 
2014-03-11 10:47:55 PM
Is there a 5 second rule for soup?
 
2014-03-11 11:03:52 PM
I'm not so sure it's a simple as a constant relationship. You have to factor in how hungry you are, how much the food cost and how difficult it will be to replace it. And how dirty the floor is

T= (5 x H x $ x d) / f

Where H, $, and d, f represent relative hunger, cost and difficulty and filth.
 
2014-03-11 11:28:26 PM
It may be ok to eat stuff that fallen to the floor in your own home but you should be leery of public places and 2nd and 3rd world countries. The problem is not exotic bacteria but intestinal parasites such as pinworms. An infected human sheds their tiny eggs out his/her anus. In many parts of the world you can assume they are found on almost any floor.
 
2014-03-11 11:42:32 PM

HairBolus: It may be ok to eat stuff that fallen to the floor in your own home but you should be leery of public places and 2nd and 3rd world countries. The problem is not exotic bacteria but intestinal parasites such as pinworms. An infected human sheds their tiny eggs out his/her anus. In many parts of the world you can assume they are found on almost any floor.


I don't ever want to live in a country where people wipe their butts on the floor.
 
2014-03-12 12:39:20 AM

SpdrJay: HairBolus: It may be ok to eat stuff that fallen to the floor in your own home but you should be leery of public places and 2nd and 3rd world countries. The problem is not exotic bacteria but intestinal parasites such as pinworms. An infected human sheds their tiny eggs out his/her anus. In many parts of the world you can assume they are found on almost any floor.

I don't ever want to live in a country where people wipe their butts on the floor.


You don't wipe, you sit on the floor and scoot.  You know, like a dog.
 
2014-03-12 01:07:30 AM

FoonFlake: I always suspected this, but never dreamed that carpet was superior to tile in terms of shiat that gets on dropped food. Learn something new everyday.


On the flip side, the carpet has lots of hairs and dust, so (depending on what you've dropped) you may not want to eat it.
 
2014-03-12 01:12:45 AM
I think the rule for bacon is more like 45 minutes
 
2014-03-12 01:16:53 AM

maltedmothball: FTA : "The study was performed by final-year biology students,"

yeah... about that

/gonna go with Mythbusters on this one


Yeah, I thought Mythbusters actually confirmed that one... One of the few I've watched that I approved of their methodology, I thought they showed that it took time for the germs to "migrate"... I know they showed that the toilet seat was pretty much the cleanest surface in the house, but that didn't surprise me.

Either way, I wouldn't "go with Mythbusters" on a single study over even a first year student.

Did they blow up the food after testing it? ;-)
 
2014-03-12 02:19:25 AM

nytmare: I think the rule for bacon is more like 45 minutes


With bacon it's, "curse, yank off floor*, look over for hairs/dust, pick off what's visible, eat without a moment's questioning".

* assuming your dog hasn't already vacuumed it up
 
2014-03-12 04:04:54 AM
I'll still follow the reverse 5 second rule for when I'm in the hospital.
/If the food comes within 5 seconds of touching the ground, it's no good.
//10 seconds in the resident lounge.
 
2014-03-12 06:06:06 AM
I was at an otherwise empty playground with my three year old and suddenly he's eating a chocolate biscuit. I didn't bring any biscuits and it's not even a brand we ever buy.

According to my empiric study, it is 100% safe to eat food that has been abandoned in a public sandbox for at least 30 minutes.
 
2014-03-12 06:42:56 AM
I don't eat food off the floor because of germs and bacteria, I don't eat food off the floor because there is dirt, dust, hairs and other nasty crap that I would rather not eat.
 
2014-03-12 09:43:50 AM

maltedmothball: FTA : "The study was performed by final-year biology students,"

yeah... about that

/gonna go with Mythbusters on this one


Agreed. In the last bio class I took, we did an experiment to see how many layers of toilet paper would prevent contamination (we used yeast, not fecal matter).

We got growth on the agar plates for all samples . . . including the one that was theoretically just autoclaved (never exposed) that was supposed to provide a reference.
 
2014-03-12 10:22:30 AM
philly.barstoolsports.com

/feels vindicated
 
2014-03-12 10:33:39 AM
New evidence?  Like the fact that everything everywhere (outside of an autoclave) is covered with bacteria, including the inside of your mouth?

\This is why I always laugh at OCD handwashers.
\\you, and everything else in the world, is covered with bacteria, so give it a rest
 
2014-03-12 11:25:59 AM
Even for the Daily News that article sucked.  It goes on and on but never actually cites what the study determined about time!  The closest it gets is:

"especially when food was moist and left on the floor for more than 5 seconds"

Great data.  Their reference to Mythbusters actually had more content than their description of the new study.

Oh, and CheekyMonkey, wash your damn hands after you go poop.
 
2014-03-12 12:32:54 PM

turboke: I was at an otherwise empty playground with my three year old and suddenly he's eating a chocolate biscuit. I didn't bring any biscuits and it's not even a brand we ever buy.

According to my empiric study, it is 100% safe to eat food that has been abandoned in a public sandbox for at least 30 minutes.


Are you sure that wasn't cat poop from the sand box?
 
2014-03-12 01:26:25 PM

McGrits: turboke: I was at an otherwise empty playground with my three year old and suddenly he's eating a chocolate biscuit. I didn't bring any biscuits and it's not even a brand we ever buy.

According to my empiric study, it is 100% safe to eat food that has been abandoned in a public sandbox for at least 30 minutes.

Are you sure that wasn't cat poop from the sand box?


That would make my results even more spectacular. But I don't think cats emboss their poop with a drawing of Dora the Explorer.
 
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