You've fixed yourself a snack. You're crossing over to the living room when a cracker slides off the plate and lands on the floor. Oh well, no problem. According to the five-second rule, you can still pick it up right away and eat it, right? In recent years, the answer has been a resounding "no!"
Wait! Don't throw that cracker out just yet. A new study out of the UK has shown that there may be more to the five-second rule than we thought.
Anthony Hilton, a professor of microbiology at Aston University in Birmingham, UK conducted an experiment with his final year students, dropping different types of food — toast, pasta, biscuit (or cookie) and "a sticky sweet" — onto carpet, laminate floor and tile. They left the food there for between 3 and 30 seconds, and then tested for the transfer of two different common bacteria — E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus.Read More »from UK study shows that five-second rule actually exists