The Reality of The Five-Second Rule

If you’re somebody who abides by the age-old Five-Second Rule (or the less trusted 30-Second Rule) you might not want to read this. Applied and Environmental Microbiology just published the results of a new study about the “rule” and have some bad news for floor-food enthusiasts. The scientists placed “watermelon, bread, bread with butter and gummy candy on a variety of different surfaces contaminated with the Enterobacter aerogenes” (a food-born bacteria) and found the food took less than one second to pick up bacteria. That said, the longer food was left on the floor, the more bacteria it gathered—maybe the One Second Rule is next? Read more at NYMag.