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.