Sorry, Floor Eaters: The 5-Second Rule Is Definitely a Myth

The 5-second rule is a myth that has been busted before (by the Myth Busters, no less) and yet it persists, which is why YouTube's science channel Vsauce has set out and disproved it once and for all. Turns out, the moment your food touches the ground it is covered with bacteria and after a whole 5 seconds, it can pick up anywhere from 150-8000 bacteria and, after a minute, the number is a full 10 times greater. (P.S. It only takes 10 bacteria of certain types of salmonella to infect you. Happy Holidays!)

Interestingly, only 50% of men confess to using the 5-second rule as opposed to a whopping 70% of women. Now seems like a good time to tell you that I once ate a cookie out of the trash. Carpe diem, bitches!

After 1 Minute on the Floor, Food Has 10x the Bacteria as After 5 Seconds [The Atlantic Wire]

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Do people really eat off of the floor? I guess I get it if you have just cleaned your floor and you are all alone on one of those days where you just don't have it in you to care if you've dropped something but do people really drop stuff in public and pick it up off of the ground and eat it? God help me!!!

Of course, I am one of those people who hates to walk past an open bathroom with a plate of food and puts the lid down with her foot, even at home so I have my own issues. This just makes me wonder how much food I have eaten that some butthead friend of mine dropped on the ground and picked back up. Some people don't even rince and degunk their raw poultry and beef before cooking it though so germs just abound.