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Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Janice drops by today with something for all of us to think about. -- AP

How many of you subscribe to the 5 second rule? I’ll bet many. Something drops on the floor, and if you pick it up within 5 seconds, it’s safe to eat.

I don’t think so.

But your floor was just washed, you say? It hasn’t had time to collect germs, bacteria, and all sorts of yucky stuff? Guess again.

Think about all the places you walk in any given day. Outside. On your lawn. In your driveway. In your garage. Across the street. Down the sidewalk. In a parking lot. In the supermarket. In an office building.

Now think about everything that you might have and probably did step on and in as you walked around. All the microscopic viruses, molds, mildews, bacteria. All the animal droppings that are too small to see (rodents, anyone?) All the places where dogs and cats pee. Where men spit. Where people sneeze. Or worse.

All that yucky stuff is now on the bottom of your shoes. The same shoes that are now walking around your house, depositing microscopic bits of all that yucky stuff all over your hardwoods and carpets and tiles and linoleum.

Now, do you still believe in the 5 second rule?

Thanks, Janice. Makes you rethink things, doesn’t it? So what do you think about the 5 second rule now? Let’s hear from you. Anyone who posts a comment this week is entered in the drawing to win a book from our Book Club Friday guest author. -- AP


Kathy said...

The five second rule never applied in my house. I have a cat and even if I vacuumed every two minutes, anything that hits the floor comes up looking like a fur ball.

Even worse, I work in a school lunchroom. The floors are so disgusting that your shoes actually stick to them. You have no idea how many times I've had to stop kids from putting food in their mouths that they dropped on the floor. Nope, never believed in the five second rule.


Kathy, all I can say to that is, "YUCK!"

Marcy said...

LOL! A little dirt never hurt anyone -- builds up the immune system ;)