Is the “5 second” rule of picking food off of the ground really true? (Video)

Last updated on Dec 4, 2012

Posted on Dec 4, 2012

A lot of us often talk of the “5 second rule” to pick up food stuff from the ground and eat it.  But is it true?  Here is an interesting video of the details.

Here are some links that the author of the video provides in his link:

5-second rule facts:

http://www.snopes.com/food/tainted/dropped.asp
http://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/everyday-myths/five-second-r…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five-second_rule

Applied Microbiology: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/store/10.1111/j.1365-2672.2006.03171.x/asset/j…

Jillian Clarke: http://www.howard.edu/newsroom/releases/2004/041001clarke.htm

Mythbusters: http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythbusters/videos/five-second-rule-minimyt…

minutephysics on “touch”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BksyMWSygnc

Electrons as waves: http://www.rhythmodynamics.com/Gabriel_LaFreniere/matter.htm

Adhesion:

http://www.coatingspromag.com/articles/the-bonds-that-bind.aspx
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adhesive_surface_forces
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_mechanical_explanation_of_intermolecular…
http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=cuyaHsui1ZUC&printsec=frontcover#v=one…

Intermolecular Forces:

http://www.chemguide.co.uk/atoms/bonding/vdw.html
http://ww2.chemistry.gatech.edu/~lw26/structure/molecular_interactions/mol_in…
http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/chemical/waal.html#c1

Molecule speed (interactive): http://aspire.cosmic-ray.org/labs/gas_particles/

Molecular Dynamics: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molecular_dynamics#Short-range_interaction_algor…

Phone book friction: http://www.de-monstrare.nl/pdf/Phonebook%20friction.pdf

Orders of Magnitude: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orders_of_magnitude_(numbers)#1030

Germ facts:

http://etiquette.about.com/od/Smartphones/a/Cell-Phones-Are-Personal-Items.htm
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/18/bank-card-fecal-bacteria-contaminate…
http://www.geeksugar.com/Computer-Mouse-Keyboard-Each-Have-Over-700-Germs-Per…

Oatmeal Cell Phone Germs QUIZ: http://theoatmeal.com/quiz/phone_germs/go

The best way to clean your computer screen: http://www.yahelite.org/lol/screenclean.swf

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