If food drops on the ground, you're still allowed to eat it if it's only been on the ground for 5 seconds or less.
Person 1: Oh shit I dropped my pizza slice
Person 2: 5 second rule!
Person 1: *eats pizza*
Beküldő: joveblue 2004. július 10.
The window of opportunity for picking up food you dropped on the ground, dusting it off and eating it.
Person 1 - Drops sandwich
Person 2: "It's still good... 5 second rule!"
Beküldő: Kim 2004. július 10.
A long standing rule in which any food which is dropped on the floor/ground is still "good" and edible if it was only in contact with the surface for less than 5 seconds. Incorporated mainly by clumsy children but is often used by teenagers and adults as well.
"Dude, this hotdog is awesome....damn, I dropped it on the ground. No big deal, its still good takes a big bite, 5 second rule!! mumbles with mouth full"
Beküldő: zebo2k 2004. július 11.
The tacit requirement in ultra-clean American society that dropped food must not lay upon the ground for longer than five seconds in order to be still edible. Certain requirements about food type (i.e., non-sticky or attracting of dirt particles) generally apply.
Dude! I dropped my Dorito! Five second rule...still good.
Beküldő: quetzalphoenix 2004. július 10.
A unspoken rule where if any sort of food falls to the ground, if you pick it back up in 5 seconds or less it is still okay to eat.
Oh no i dropped a skittle, its only been 3 seconds, its still good.
Beküldő: Nathan Charette 2004. július 10.
The '5 second rule' applies when food comes into contact with an object that is tainted. If it is removed from the tainted object in 5 seconds or less, then the food is considered safe for human consumption and eaten as if nothing happened. If it stays on the tainted object for more than 5 seconds then it is considered unfit for human consumption and is discarded.
I'll bet that fat kid eats the cookie he dropped on the floor even though the 5 second rule is up.
Beküldő: Timothy Paul 2004. július 9.
when it is okay to pick up a pick of food or candy from the floor if it has been on the floor for 5 seconds or less, as if germs and filth cannot adhere to an edible morsel during that time frame
Go ahead and eat the m&m -- the five second rule is in effect.
Beküldő: Winsi 2004. július 9.

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