Scientists Prove Five-Second Rule is Actually Real

Scientists have proved that the ‘five-second rule’, where food is deemed okay to eat under six seconds of dropping on the floor, is actually true.

Students from a British university found that there is a significant time factor in the transfer of bacteria from floor to food. The type of flooring is also important – with their research suggesting that carpet is the safest.

“Consuming food dropped on the floor still carries an infection risk as it very much depends on which bacteria are present on the floor at the time.” said microbiology professor Anthony Hill, who lead the study. “However the findings of this study will bring some light relief to those who have been employing the five-second rule for years.”


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  1. Mythbusters debunked this, but I guess this is more scientific. Don’t get me wrong, I eat food off the floor all the time, but I don’t do so with this belief in mind.