Wednesday, June 13, 2007

what a relief

So it turns out that the "five second rule" has a real basis in science.

I've lost count of the number of times I've picked up a candy off the floor, wiped it on my pants rinsed it off and let one of the boys pop it back into his mouth.

It's not often that rationalization, expedience and reality dovetail so nicely.


Anonymous said...

I wonder if it matters what type of floor you drop the food on - say, scraggly-looking shag carpet versus hardwood floors ... what do you have in your house, Laurie? :)


thejunkyswife said...

I think it's good for kids to eat some dirt! My sister kept the niece pure from all dirt until she started going to pre-school in the mornings, and now she catches EVERYTHING.



Lavatory Lady said...

If it's dropped in actual dirt or poo or in a restroom then it's a problem. On my hardwood floor or my non-shaggy carpet; I tend to apply the 5 second rule.


laurie said...

The tests were done on dirty cafeteria floors. They can't have been that much cleaner than the surfaces off which my kids' candies have bounced.
And Shawn? No shag carpets in my house. ;-)

Flippy said...

Thanks for that story. I had to teach Leigh-Ann the five second rule, and I don't think she ever believed me. Now, there's proof! I feel vindicated.