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Five Seconds
We were in line at the sunday buffet table, and somebody dropped a cube of cheese onto the floor. "Oh! Five-second rule!" I told him as he bent to pick it up.

He looked at it, then put it back on his plate. "You must have little ones," he told me, as he critically inspected the cheese.

"No....why? Maybe I learned it when I was a kid, I don't know. I feel as though I've always known it. That and the process of blowing off the germs, or shaking them off, after you pick something up off the floor."

"Or running it under the faucet!"

"Yes, that's a classic fix."

"With soap and water."

"Um. I'm not sure the soap is such a good idea."

"The thing is," he said, trying to direct the conversation back to his initial point, "it's just that I've only heard of the "five second rule" from people with little ones."

"Perhaps it's just because I still am a little one."

The guys all nodded at that realization.

(slightly-related: our waiter at the Mexican place is 6' 11" -- aka six feet and eleven inches tall! Wow. He's almost two feet taller than I am. Wow.)

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anderale From: anderale Date: October 25th, 2005 06:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I thought the five second rule was from some sport or another (haha, I don't have any clue).
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: October 25th, 2005 10:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I've heard the five second rule a lot, mainly from going out with clumsy people.
devnul From: devnul Date: October 25th, 2005 11:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, the 5-second rule. So well known it's even discussed by Snopes, and last year a woman got an Ig Nobel for doing a research paper that debunked it to scarily unsanitary conclusions.

I've never heard that rule discussed in concert with having children. In fact, if I had children, I would not be letting them pick food back up off the floor!

We try to have the 5-second rule up in the mountains, but sometimes the grey jays grab it before you can even start to pick it back up. :)
simplykimberly From: simplykimberly Date: October 25th, 2005 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm.... I wonder if it varies by family size, or by region - we have the 10 second rule ... but that seems to mostly apply to stuff at home, or at the home of friends or family - where I can trust the germs more, somehow ;)
greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: October 25th, 2005 04:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do you watch Mythbusters? They just did a show on that one, and found that it doesn't really matter how long the food touches the ground.
whataboutjen From: whataboutjen Date: October 25th, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've ALWAYS associated that line with gloriously childish people, not people gloriously with child. Weird. :P
From: 111466 Date: October 25th, 2005 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

For me, it's a matter of economy. Heck yeah, I'm still going to eat it.
nishar From: nishar Date: October 25th, 2005 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mythbusters just did a show busting the 5 second rule. That still doesn't stop me from eating dropped items if the floor is clean(ish).
theobviousname From: theobviousname Date: October 25th, 2005 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Kids? Nah, I associate the "5-second" rule with slobby guys. Or frat-boy types. In my family we didn't eat food that had been on the floor unless it could be washed. (Apple, yes. Cake, no. :)
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