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The 5 second rule actually works

In which our digital producer eats a cookie off the floor and survives. At least so far.  

The five second rule: The idea that if you drop food on the floor you can still eat it, provided you pick it up fast enough.
 
There's a study out of Birmingham, England on the topic. They tested toast, pasta, biscuits (the British kind), ham, dried fruit, and a sticky dessert, dropped on both smooth tiles and on carpeting for anywhere from 3 to 30 seconds.
 
The upshot?
 
Carpets leave less bacteria than tiles...and five seconds is basically alright.     
 
Also, they found 87 percent said they would eat food that had fallen on the floor, with more than half of them women.

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.

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