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    The Five Second Rule

    So I heard a comedian a few week's ago make a funny comment about The Five Second Rule. (For the uniformed, The Five Second Rule holds that if you drop an edible object to the floor and retrieve it in under five seconds, it's okay to eat it.) The comedian observed, "Yeah, all those legions of germs are just standing around with stop watches, counting it down -- 'Five...four...three...' -- before they pounce."

    Pretty funny image.

    So how about you orgers? Have you ever dropped something to the floor, picked it up and wolfed it down? And if so, exactly what was that tidbit that was so irresistible that you couldn't bear to toss it into the trash?

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    That is not the Five Second Rules as I know it. I worked in restaurants for over three years and the Five Second Rule in those instances refers to dropping something that is cooked then throwing it back on the grill or in the fryer for five seconds and the germs are killed. I'm pretty sure this was referenced in the move Waiting as well, though I could be wrong on that one.
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    a certain word (which will remain unsaid by me) had compelled me to respond

    the answer is NO for me

    I go by the Zero second rule. In other words as soon as something has hit the floor it is spoiled and should be treated as such by placing it into the nearest trash at your earliest convenience (aka straight away instead of just leaving it there you filthy filthy ppl)
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    Once it hits the ground, it's no good.
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    Eh, depends on what it is. If I dropped a steak on the floor, there is no matter of time that makes it okay to eat. But if it were an apple or maybe a cookie - just brush it off. It's not going to kill you.

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    Not that I take wikipedia as the definitive source on everything, but they're on target a lot and I think they are in this regard: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five-second_rule

    That said, I like your interpretation and as the creator of this thread I'm happy to expand it to stuff that drops on the floor in restaurants and is thrown back on the grill or the fryer. Excellent gross-out factor, my friend. Food workers feel free to chime in with horror stories.

    Quote Originally Posted by RockinHard View Post
    That is not the Five Second Rules as I know it. I worked in restaurants for over three years and the Five Second Rule in those instances refers to dropping something that is cooked then throwing it back on the grill or in the fryer for five seconds and the germs are killed. I'm pretty sure this was referenced in the move Waiting as well, though I could be wrong on that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heeeere's Olesker! View Post
    Not that I take wikipedia as the definitive source on everything, but they're on target a lot and I think they are in this regard: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five-second_rule

    That said, I like your interpretation and as the creator of this thread I'm happy to expand it to stuff that drops on the floor in restaurants and is thrown back on the grill or the fryer. Excellent gross-out factor, my friend. Food workers feel free to chime in with horror stories.
    It occurred MANY times in both restaurants I worked at.
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    Examples of the food, please.

    Quote Originally Posted by RockinHard View Post
    It occurred MANY times in both restaurants I worked at.

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    Mythbusters did an episode on the 5 second rule, look it up
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    That may be where I heard the joke about the germs waiting around with stop watches. It's one of my children's favorite series.

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    Mythbusters did an episode on the 5 second rule, look it up

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    Some people I know have hands that are dirtier than my floor.
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    After my trip to the Amazon I am no longer quite as paranoid about those legions of germs waiting to pounce as I used to be.

    And even before that I have been known to eat things dropped on the floor. And never worried too much about any "five second" rule.

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    Dry food? Cookies chips etc, are fine. brush it off an keep going. Wet food? Steaks , chicken, something like that? I'd probably rinse it off first.

    Honestly, I have an immune system designed to protect me from germs. I tend to trust it to do it's job

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    It's the five second rule... seven seconds... eleven seconds... ehhhh, it's still good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue View Post
    Some people I know have hands that are dirtier than my floor.
    Exactly! My floors are clean enough to eat off of. I keep them that way. Not because of the 5 second rule, but I've got no problem with not wasting perfectly good food. And the 5 second rule does not apply to chocolate. Ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flutterina View Post
    And the 5 second rule does not apply to chocolate. Ever.
    Not even chocolate pudding?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Benedict Judas Hel View Post
    Not even chocolate pudding?
    That may be taking it a bit to extreme, but if you really really needed your chocolate fix I suppose...
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    Quote Originally Posted by flutterina View Post
    Exactly! My floors are clean enough to eat off of. I keep them that way. Not because of the 5 second rule, but I've got no problem with not wasting perfectly good food. And the 5 second rule does not apply to chocolate. Ever.
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    Not even chocolate pudding?
    As long as no cat hair is in it. lol.
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    I've heard many times that as soon as food hits the floor, it's contaminated. That being said, if the ground is an area that I personally trust for the most part, I don't have a problem picking it up and eating it. It all depends on the floor onto which it drops for me.

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