We’ve written many times about science’s ongoing war on the 5-second rule. Despite evidence that you really shouldn’t eat food you drop on the ground, only 20 percent of voters in our poll last year said they trash food that’s taken the plunge.
We’ve all dropped that freshly buttered piece of golden brown toast on the floor, yes? And many of us have contemplated whether or not to just pick it up and eat it. That’s why there’s the 5-Second Rule, the completely unscientific belief that food left on the floor for less than five seconds is sufficiently ick-free. But scientists at Clemson are trying to call BS on one of western society’s core beliefs.