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  • Heck, I'll eat anything that falls on the floor.

    11 45.83%
  • I'd eat a candy bar (still in the wrapper) that I found in the street.

    3 12.50%
  • If a gumball rolls out of the machine, I'll grab it off the floor and chew it.

    5 20.83%
  • What's the big deal about Thad? I'd do the same thing.

    6 25.00%
  • That cookie has been on my kitchen floor for 10 seconds? Yeah, I'll pick it up and eat it.

    17 70.83%
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Thread: Do you eat food that has fallen on the floor?

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    Do you eat food that has fallen on the floor?

    Should you eat dropped food?

    Ohio State basketball coach Thad Matta recently reverted to parenting mode after he lost his chewing gum during his teamís Big Ten-title clinching victory over Wisconsin. Popping the gum back in his mouth, he said:

    "I have two daughters and they taught me a three-second rule. I have three seconds to pick it up off the floor and itís still OK. I picked it up quick," he said, according to USA Todayís Marlen Garcia.

    It was a smooth recovery, but just how germy was that sticky gum? And was he better off because he picked his gum up in three seconds rather than five?

    Researchers who have actually looked into the three-to five-second rule say, nope, sorry. Despite the heroic attempt to minimize waste, time is not a factor when food is exposed to bacteria, according to Jillian Clarke of Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, who tested the theory several years ago for a college internship.

    Actually, the critical thing is where youíve dropped it.

    The average office desk, for example, harbors 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat, according to University of Arizona researcher Charles Gerba. And teachersí work spaces have more bacteria than most other professions, followed by surfaces used by accountants and bankers, Gerba says.

    Itís probably better to pick up a morsel off a dirty street than a hospital floor that hasnít been decontaminated.

    And in the home, the kitchen harbors more germs than any other room in the house, according to the Journal of Applied Microbiology. The greatest germ concentrations lurk in kitchen sponges and dishcloths, but sink drains, faucet handles and doorknobs are next highest on the list.

    That means, of course, that itís important to wash your hands before picking food up off the floor if youíre going to eat it. But not everyone does. Gerba has found office candy bowls are often high in bacteria and sometimes even contain fecal bacteria. Yuck!

    Here are a few more of Clarke's findings:

    Seventy percent of women and 56 percent of men are familiar with the five-second rule, and most use it to make decisions about tasty treats that slip through their fingers.

    University floors are remarkably clean from a microbial standpoint.

    Women are more likely than men to eat food that has been on the floor.
    Cookies and candy are much more likely to be picked up and eaten than cauliflower or broccoli.

    And, if you drop your food on a floor that does contain micro-organisms, the food can be contaminated in 5 seconds or less.
    Will trade this space for a #1 starter.

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    Re: Do you eat food that has fallen on the floor?

    MythBusters did a rather good episode about the three-second rule - needless to say, it got busted.
    I will only eat something off the floor if it is something that I can wash thoroughly. Otherwise...buh-bye.

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    Re: Do you eat food that has fallen on the floor?

    If I drop a vegetble on the floor I'm not eating it.

    If its an M&M then I'll probably eat it.

    It mostly depends on the floor.

    GL

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    Re: Do you eat food that has fallen on the floor?

    Depends on how far it rolls
    "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
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    Re: Do you eat food that has fallen on the floor?

    Depends on who's watching.
    "A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it."

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    Re: Do you eat food that has fallen on the floor?

    No, never.
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    Re: Do you eat food that has fallen on the floor?

    If it's my house? Yep.

    Anywhere else? Nope.

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    Re: Do you eat food that has fallen on the floor?

    Quote Originally Posted by RFS62 View Post
    Depends on how far it rolls
    and if someone will be nice enough to pick it up and hand it back to me.


    I wonder what RedInChicago's response will be?
    "panic" only comes from having real expectations

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    Re: Do you eat food that has fallen on the floor?

    Quote Originally Posted by gonelong View Post
    If I drop a vegetble on the floor I'm not eating it.

    If its an M&M then I'll probably eat it.

    It mostly depends on the floor.

    GL
    It mostly depends on the food.
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    Re: Do you eat food that has fallen on the floor?

    Quote Originally Posted by creek14
    Do you eat food that has fallen on the floor?
    No!

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    Re: Do you eat food that has fallen on the floor?

    Quote Originally Posted by Falls City Beer View Post
    If it's my house? Yep.

    Anywhere else? Nope.
    That's my policy too

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    Re: Do you eat food that has fallen on the floor?

    I won't eat soup that I've dropped on the floor, that's for sure!

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    Re: Do you eat food that has fallen on the floor?

    I don't eat anything off the floor, though I would be hard-pressed to know about a time someone truthfully incurred any harm form doing so.

    "Did you hear about Jim?"

    "Yeah, dude ate a piece of candy off the floor and died."
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    Re: Do you eat food that has fallen on the floor?

    We're probably all eating food, at one time or another, that has been dropped or whatever else done to it, while still back in that kitchen at the restaurant.
    "panic" only comes from having real expectations

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    Re: Do you eat food that has fallen on the floor?

    Five Second Rule.

    My father in law is not restricted by the bounds of time on this issue. His mantra is:

    "We all eat a pound of dirt before we die anyway, so why worry?"
    "Booing on opening day is like telling grandma her house smells like old lady."--WOY


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