One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A notional rule stating that food which has been dropped on the ground will still be uncontaminated with bacteria and therefore safe to eat if it is retrieved within five seconds.‘was I right to apply the five-second rule to the three slices of ham that left a damp, greasy ring on the kitchen floor?’
- ‘Do you have a five-second rule in your house?’
- ‘Women are the biggest believers in the five-second rule, with 81 per cent admitting to following it.’
- ‘There's clearly no need for the "Five-second Rule" in our house.’
- ‘The five-second rule didn't apply to a tray of jerk chicken dropped on the floor.’
- ‘And in Spring 2004, research was described on the five-second rule - a piece of folklore that holds that if something is dropped on the floor it is still safe to eat if it is retrieved within five seconds.’
- ‘Their findings support the idea that there really is such a thing as the five-second rule for moist snacks, such as wet pasta and sticky gummy bears.’
- ‘During training, she was told about the "five-second rule": If something falls on the floor but you pick it up within five seconds, you can still use it in a sandwich.’
- ‘I observe the five-second rule - or the five-hour rule - when cookies are dropped on the floor.’
- ‘TV's cleaning expert Aggie MacKenzie says it is easy to avoid food poisoning, and dispels myths about 'the five-second rule'.’
- ‘Dropped grill items, ice cream cones that topple, pacifiers that fit the floor - most of us have employed the five-second rule at some point to salvage a lost item.’
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