Do you follow the 5 second rule? :D

United States
July 19, 2007 5:07pm CST
I must admit, I do:D For those of you who don't know what the 5second rule is, I will explain (although I am sure most of you know). If you drop your food on the floor, and pick it up within 5 seconds, it's still good to eat. Ha ha, kinda crazy, but I follow it, but I blow it off(like that really helps:D). How many other follow the 5second rule? Or perhaps the 10 second rule? Tell all.
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• United States
19 Jul 07
5 to 10 seconds to pick it up is fine with me. Though like you I usually blow it off to or if I can at least rinse it off depending on the food. But it doesn't bother me too much to have it drop on our floor anyway for a few seconds. Now others floors I might trust as much. lol
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• United States
19 Jul 07
At least I know I'm not the only one.
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@coffeeshot (3785)
• Australia
19 Jul 07
I don't really follow he 10 second rule, as I think it's a load of cr@p! How can a time limit determine how many germs are on te food you've dropped? In saying that, I'm not afraid to eat foodthat's been on the ground, as long as it fell on a generally hygienic surface like my kitchen floor, which is pretty much always clean as I mop it often. It also depends on the type of food that has been dropped. For xample if the food tha's been dropped is a wettish consistency (like noodles for examples)and it's been dropped on carpet, to pick it up and eat it would be gross because you've most likely picked up carpet fibres and hairs that have gotten stuck to the wet noodle. On the other hand,dropping a chip on the carpet and then picking it up and eating it wouldn't be so bad because nothing can really stick to a chip. And yes, in this case blowing it would work ifthere happened to be a piece of fluff on it.
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@urbangirl (1461)
• Australia
19 Jul 07
No I don't follow it - it's just a habit that what I drop on the floor goes into the composting bin. Even though I know it's not going to kill me if I eat the food (and it probably builds up your tolerance anyway) and the floor at my places is pretty clean and probably has fewer germs than the kitchen bench.
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• United States
20 Jul 07
yup indeed we follow the 5 or even 10 second rule. now if i drop something, and i know i haven't cleaned my floor in awhile i won't. but we all know just how clean (or maybe not so clean) our houses are. BUT going out, we usually let things drop and leave them. especially outside...there's no 5 second rule for that. you don't know what's on the bottoms of peoples feet and there are people who spit...no way!! haha!!
• India
20 Jul 07
the 5 sec rule is new to me ... but i think that it really good if u r really that fast to pick it up i think time , the kind of food , the place are the factors which may be looked into
@jezzmay (1845)
• United States
22 Jul 07
I can not follow that rule we have cats and dogs in the house.They would get to it before we would any way.
@mymytri (2031)
• India
22 Jul 07
NOpe..noway..i dont eat the food that has fallen on the groud.I am always take care of my health and i throw in the dust bin.But if it is fuirt or washable one i will wash and have it LOL!!!
21 Jul 07
Well i just judge where it falls. So if it falls say on the table then any amount of seconds doesn't matter, but if it falls in the mud then i would never eat...get my rule??
@pessotti (18)
• Brazil
20 Jul 07
I follow the golden rule "pick it up before someone sees" heheheh I dont care about it, I think that you build up your immunity when you do that. Ohh no, the chocolate dropped on the table... no problem, if there isnt someone near just lick it heheheh
@sugarfloss (2140)
• Malaysia
20 Jul 07
I do it all the time!You're right,like it helps;)lol.But I've seen it on Discovery on how they proved the 5 second rule.And it doesn't take 5 seconds for bacteria to get on the food but 30 seconds.Cheers!
@pamcake (276)
• United States
20 Jul 07
My fiance follows the 5 second rule most of the time. Unless we are outside, or in a public place like with lots of heavy traffic where you never know what has been on the floor! At home he does though. I often wonder how I'll ahndle it when he tries to teach it to our children..lol!
@Cassy1976 (796)
• Australia
20 Jul 07
When I am at home yep I do follow the 5 second rule, but then I clean the floors so I know that they are clean. If I am at work I dont do this as that wouldnt be very fair!
• Singapore
20 Jul 07
it really depends on where i drop my food. if i were to drop it on the ground at home, i might still pick it up and eat it after an hour. lol. But if it's somewhere else in the restaurant/bus-stop/beach, i wont even think twice to pick it up! lol
• India
20 Jul 07
Hi,Belief plays a vital role in all our actions.So, here it varies from person to person.If you believe the food is still good to eat, you would eat or else put to the crows or whatever.Tomorrow , if by chance somebody is influenced by you & eats & something happens,then?I personally feel that to risk a sickness at the cost of some food would be utterly foolish.Even a small stomach upset is enough to drain you out & spoil your day.ChOICES have CONSEQUENCES!! Thanks, www.creatingcolourfulfuture.com
@truartiss (386)
• United States
20 Jul 07
no i dont believe in the 5 second rule. i mean if I drop it then its staying on the floor. Especially if its food.
@pjanaway (247)
20 Jul 07
Yes I follow the 5 second rule. :) Also when I went to school and college we had a 5 minute rule on if the teacher doesn't arrive in 5 mins, or they disappear for 5 mins, we are aloud to leave the lesson. :)
@Leon35 (35)
• Philippines
20 Jul 07
I guess when food falls on the floor it falls on the germs and kills them. New germs won't get into your food until 5 minutes.....just joking, it is also a practice here in the Philippines, I think I first heard about it twenty years ago. Yes we do blow it off also. Unless it falls into a real filthy floor I won't mind.
• Australia
20 Jul 07
The 5 second rule is okay for solid foods. But if you had to peel said food article off the floor to recover it, i'd say no. Unless you're into that kind of thing...
@lingli_78 (12834)
• Australia
20 Jul 07
yes i do follow the 5 second rule if it is in my house... because i know very well the condition of the floor in my own house... i will rinse it first of course before i will eat it again... other places i don't trust that much... and i will just throw the food away...
@miamilady (4923)
• United States
20 Jul 07
Great topic. And funny. This is embarassing to admit, but I'm such a chicken, what I do depends upon who I'm with. If I'm with someone that would be apalled, then I'll leave it alone. No 5 second rule. If I'm with someone who is more laid back. I might eat it anyway. Of course it depends on the surface where it falls etc. Usually I'm pretty good about not dropping stuff though. The amount of alchohol that I've consumed might factor into it as well. lol
• Canada
19 Jul 07
LOl I belive in 5 sec rule and so long as you can identify and remove what ever stuck to it then it is still good to eat