May 9, 2007

Only Men Who Drive Station Wagons Are Man Enough To Ignore This 5-Second Rule Study

errol_morris_vw_parenthood.jpgA new Clemson University study finds that the five-second rule only applies when you can be sure the floor you dropped the food onto is free of salmonella or E. Coli contamination.

The New York Times reports that 5-second rule-ology began in 2003, when Jillian Clarke, an Illinois high school student found that, of the 70% of women and 50% of men who knew the 5-second rule, a majority followed it.

Even if he didn't admit to learning about the 5-second rule from his kids, the Times' reporter is woefully ill-informed.

In his documentary short Parenthood filmmaker Errol Morris showed that real men not only knew and observed the 5-second rule, they taught it to their children as early as 2000. They also drove Station Wagons. Passat Wagons, to be exact.


The Five-Second Rule Explored, or How Dirty Is That Bologna? [nyt]
P. Dawson, I. Han, M. Cox, C. Black and L. Simmons (April 2007), "Residence time and food contact time effects on transfer of Salmonella Typhimurium from tile, wood and carpet: testing the five-second rule," Journal of Applied Microbiology 102 (4), 945-953. [abstract - blackwell-synergy.com]
Related, but not peer-reviewed: The MythBusters debunked the five second thing. [wikipedia]
"Parenthood" (2000), directed by Errol Morris [errolmorris.com]
Previously, and now contradicted by the facts: Morris's "Drive a wagon, wear a skirt" commercial for Miller High Life

3 Comments

Errol Morris is a genius - thanks for sharing this.

Also, seeing as I read your blog every day, I was hoping you might take a moment and check mine out.

Maybe Baby follows our journey through the world of infertility and attempted parenthood with a sense of humor and an ear toward sticking my finger into the eye of the gloriously bizarre world around me.

I'd appreciate your feedback/guidance/ridicule - all are willingly accepted.

When I read the NYT story I was surprised that the author did not know about the five second rule until recently. My dad taught me this rule and that was in the 70s.

I find the 10 second rule preferable to the 5 second rule. Sometimes the 15 second rule is good too...

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