The Five-Second Rule Is A Bust

Sorry fellow hogs, but the "five-second rule" is officially not a thing. The so-called rule suggests that if a piece of something tasty drops to the floor and you retrieve it quickly enough, it's fair game. No harm, no foul.

And I confess, yes, I may have picked up a potato chip from the rug at our house once or twice...

Well, we probably shouldn't, as you are in fact picking up cootie-laden food regardless of how briefly it sat there.
After analyzing several floor materials, food types, contamination methods, and resting times, researchers at Rutgers show conclusively that food can easily become contaminated in less than five seconds. In fact, contamination may take less than one second in some scenarios. 


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