Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Five Second Rule

Growing up in a large family I have been hearing the five second rule all my life. For all of those who may wonder what I am talking about Wekipedia defines it as a popular polite fiction regarding the eating of food that has fallen to the floor or ground. The origins of the rule are unknown. The substance of the rule is that if food falls on the ground, it may be safely eaten as long as it is picked up within five seconds.

I have read dozens of reports on studies done to test this rule over the years and it was even featured on an episode of the Discovery Channel series MythBusters. Recently, I came across this diagram and found it very interesting so I thought I would share it with all of you. It should solve the confusion over the five second rule once and for all.


  1. LOL! A flow chart exists for this? Radical!! We use the three second rule round my area( guess New Englanders are always in a hurry, heh... )And a little dirt never hurt, right? RIGHT?

  2. I LOVE this, and can't wait to share with family and friends!
    (Doesn't "a little dirt" count as fiber?)

    Have a wonderful day!

  3. Your chart is too funny!
    My Grandmother always said that you have to eat a peck of dirt before you die. That's a lot of dirt!
    Sunny :)

  4. What a great resource!


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