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Yeah, you're definitely right. As a microbiology student, I can tell you that aquatic bacteria are generally more badass than those that thrive on hard surfaces. Ground bacteria usually abide by the 5 second rule because they respect the law, but aquatic species are outlaws. They don't give a fuck. I actually saw "fuck the police" tattooed on an aquatic bacterium's head one time. You don't mess with them.

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Pfft 5 second rule applies to anything in life, Germs clearly hover around the dropped item for 5 seconds THEN engross it. It's a fact guys.

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The five second "rule" doesn't apply at all. Anyone who takes a basic biology course (or has some common sense, maybe) would know that. It's just one of those superstitions that people propagate and believe. If you want to eat food off the floor, just do it. You don't have to justify it to yourself.

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Agreed, I would have expected him to follow the "if a dog can do it so can I" philosophy.

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23, chemistry would also do. There's been a research about that situation and it is said that if the food touched the floor for an insanely small period of time, the bacteria wouldn't have time to touch the food (with a lot of atoms and molecules concepts in the middle of the explanation).

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technically there is no 5 second rule. if you watch Vsauce he explains it. in reality, its like a 0.00000001 second rule before bacteria and germs go on it

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You are partially incorrect. The amount of time your referring to is so small that it is irrelevant and it also depends on very specific molecular structures of the food and floor to be able to meet the criteria

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@50 they already did an episode on that. It took apparently quite a bit more than five seconds to become covered with enough bacteria to be thought as unsafe. If I remember correctly it took around 1-2minutes.

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@54 I'm pretty sure that's false. check it out http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythbusters/videos/five-second-rule-minimyth.htm

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For anyone too lazy to watch the video, the experiment found significant bacteria on both 2 and 6 second samples, with a size differential too small to notice.

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Yep, bacteria will get on food (or in this case, floss) almost immediately after it makes contact with the bacteria-infected area. i honestly hope your husband - or you, for that matter - didn't use the floss, OP. No amount of tooth brushing/flossing/whatever else could remove the thought of cleaning one's teeth with floss that fell into the toilet. FYL.

Yeah, you're definitely right. As a microbiology student, I can tell you that aquatic bacteria are generally more badass than those that thrive on hard surfaces. Ground bacteria usually abide by the 5 second rule because they respect the law, but aquatic species are outlaws. They don't give a fuck. I actually saw "fuck the police" tattooed on an aquatic bacterium's head one time. You don't mess with them.

Mythbusters did an episode on the five second rule. Doesn't work at all. But FYL for your husband doing stuff like that.

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5 second rule doesn't exist?? how am I not dead yet! O.O honestly, it's probably not the greatest thing for your health to eat food that's been dropped on the floor, but it's definitely not going to kill you. and besides, nobody has time to make another sandwich after their first one fell on the floor!

I don't think the five seconds rule applies to anything that is supposed to go into one's mouth. That just gives a person an excuse to pick up the stuff that was dropped and eat it, or simply making the person feels better for doing so.

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