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Old 08-25-2006, 05:59 PM   #11
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The Mythbusters TV show did the 5-second myth rule.
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Old 08-25-2006, 06:01 PM   #12
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I love that show...

It's the 20 second rule around my house... shhhhh it's a secret.
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Old 08-25-2006, 06:05 PM   #13
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well, i say that's what rinsing is for primarily. dropped candy, etc. if they don't see you drop it....... ('till you glance around), then, !!!!!
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Old 08-26-2006, 12:38 AM   #14
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5 second rule! You've got to be kidding! Have you seen my kitchen floor!?!?!?
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Old 08-26-2006, 12:47 AM   #15
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If the candy was dropped on the floor and nobody's around, does the rule apply?
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Old 08-26-2006, 01:01 AM   #16
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the conditions of the dropped candy and the acuity of your vision govern the amount of prejudice of the rule. the time limit is only for show.

if you can wash it off, there are no rules, no time limit. (so long as you know when the candy was dropped, not for for candy you find sitting around )

if you can't rinse it, any candy dropped that appears to have not picked anything else up is ok. the 5 second rule applies just for superstition and posterity here.

candy by it's nature is sticky, so it probably will find a cat hair, ball of lint, or chunk of something dark to stick to it, even if you catch it on the bounce.
therefore, if you can't get it clean, either take the loss, or be demure whilst spitting out the chunks.
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Old 08-26-2006, 02:07 AM   #17
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Let me provide you with a quote from my grandfather. He owns a farm, has had livestock, worked in slaughterhouses, and other food manufacturing plants.

"If most people saw how their food was made, they would never eat again."

Who knows how much food you have bought and eaten that has fallen on a floor. I'm sure its enough to fill your belly many times over.

If all you had to worry about with food safety was to drop each piece on a floor and rinse it off, food safety would be a cakewalk let me tell you.
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Old 08-26-2006, 02:24 AM   #18
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Not long ago I somehow flipped up a sheet pan of roasted potatoes and carrots as I was taking it out of oven - the whole thing went up-side-down on the floor - I lifted the pan - my daughter said, 'oh man - that looks sooo good...' - I said, 'what happens in the kitchen stays in the kitchen - I think Julia Child said that...' - then I plucked one carrot up to taste... and got a cat hair in my mouth.
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Old 08-26-2006, 03:00 AM   #19
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Julia said if no one sees it.......

yes, she had a cat!
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Old 08-26-2006, 04:18 AM   #20
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5 second rule is ****. If you drop a piece of food on the ground throw it away. We are not animals to eat food off of the ground.
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