Tulsa, Okla. - You've heard of the "5-second" rule, where it's okay to eat food you drop on the floor, provided that you grab it FAST.
It probably sounded like wishful thinking to most, but lo and behod, scientists say it's true!
They experimented with dropping different kinds of food on different surfaces - laminate, tile, and carpet - from 3-seconds to 30-seconds.
And they found that YES, overall, the faster you grab it, the safer it is to eat.
Believe it or not, they found that CARPET is the safest surface, comparatively speaking, being the least likely to transmit harmful germs and bacteria to foods.
And dry foods are safer to pick up off the floor than moist food.