99.44% pure

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Sun Dec 24 00:24:47 UTC 2006

That's the five-second rule.

There was a newspaper article earlier this year about a study debunking
the rule. The upshot was that dry food/dry floor OK, but if there's
something wet involved, not okay. And that's regardless of one second,
five seconds or 30 seconds. I can't find this article with my primitive
news searching tools.

I found another article about another study at:


I think this rule was also featured in a commercial this year. Something
about "now you're parent, deciding the five-second rule" (probably badly

Benjamin Barrett
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message accomplished!

Wilson Gray wrote:
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> Isn't there also a saying used by Northern whites, WRT to the same
> subject, to the effect that, if dropped food is picked up off the
> floor within a certain brief span of time, it's okay to eat it?

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