Five Second Rule? Relax…you’ve got about a minute!

I usually don’t worry about eating things off the floor. – Teacher

By WILLIAM HATHAWAY
The Hartford Courant

May 19, 2007 – TheScroogeReport.com Post

The warm, perfectly browned apple turnover slips from the fingers and tumbles to the floor.

Even before the heart-rending plop the mind’s timer is busy calculating: Can I eat it before the bugs get to it?

Relax.

Turns out bacteria may not be as nimble as you thought.

In a resounding repudiation of the ubiquitous bit of folk wisdom known as the “five-second rule,” two Connecticut College students found in a class project that you have at least a minute to gobble fumbled food before colonies of bacteria begin forming.

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