5 Second Rule, you’ve always got our backs.

It all starts when some kind of accident (lightning, SWAT Team, power outage) causes you to drop your food. You panic. You’ve only got 5 seconds to pick it up – or you risk breaking the infamous 5 second rule.

But is it safe to stuff that food in your mouth? What’s happened to it in the 5 seconds it was rolling around on the floor?

Some people argue that as soon as you’ve dropped food, you should leave it behind. We conducted our own complete super scientific investigations*, and came to our own conclusions. *Neither scientific nor complete.

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The 5 second food rule

And now you know. And knowing is half the battle.