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Do you believe in the five-second rule, that food dropped on the floor would be safe to eat if picked up within five seconds?

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  • jhjimbo
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    You may pick up some bacteria immediately when it hits the floor, but the acid in your stomach will/should kill it. To me, water contaminated with bacteria or parasites is more dangerous than something dropped on the floor.

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  • ALJoe
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    In college (who am I kidding I still do) I ate a lot of pizza that was left on the counter overnight. Can't beat cold pizza for breakfast sometimes. If that didn't kill me I don't think a little dirt off the floor will.

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  • buckhunter
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    5...10...15 seconds. Depends on how hungry I am.

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  • habben97
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    depends on the floor and the value of the food item. fried chicken dumped on the floor: pick it up and chow down.
    a piece of lunch meat: throw it out and get a new piece

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  • Gary Devine
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    My wife is a cleaning phanatic, chances if I did eat something that hit the floor it would taste like Lysol wipes or Mr. Clean.

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  • Treestand
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    Ditto~~Carl Huber
    I don't have a Replacement Lab Yet.

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  • Carl Huber
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    Depends on whose floor.

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  • Edward J. Palumbo
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    I believe that rule is adaptable, elastic. If the object in question is a delicacy or a cellophane-wrapped candy, the 5-second rule may be extended or I'll count to five very s-l-o-w-l-y. If it's meat, pork or lamb and either of my two dogs are competing for it, five seconds is an exercise of imagination because both of them are faster than I.

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  • Greenhead
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    I wouldn't say I believe it, but I do follow it!

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  • RJ Arena
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    I have a Pit and a Lab, so this rule is null and void in my house, but on Myth Busters, they tested this, by measuring the bacteria of floors and food dropped, etc.,
    and they found that bacteria is transferred to the food. Is it dangerous? Well again in my house it is a non-question!

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  • DakotaMan
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    I believe... at my ripe old age, I believe I have developed one of the strongest immune systems on the planet due to that rule.

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  • WA Mtnhunter
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    What stays on the floor with two Labradors around, pray tell?

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  • FirstBubba
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    With a 90#, 9 month old Rotty around my house, if food hits the floor, ir WILL NOT last 2 seconds, much less 5. Not only that, the way HE sheds, anything that hits the floor, food or not, is coated with dog hair! So.....NO!

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  • Bioguy01
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    Most of the time, yes.

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  • Pray- hunt-work
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    I practically live by it....

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