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When one accidently drops food, not held in a container or wrapper, on the ground. The rule states that if you pick it up within 5 seconds, it won't be contaminated. There is also a '10 second rule' variation. Unfortunately, both rules are urban legends -- The speed with which you can pick the food article back up has no bearing on whether it may receive germs.
Person A: "Crap, dropped a cookie."
Person B: "5 second rule!!"
Person A scrambles to pick up food article
by Ryan Thompson July 09, 2004
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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.
by Timothy Paul July 09, 2004
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an excuse to eat food off the floor.
Eric: *walking along, sees a piece of candy on the ground* NOM

Jason: Dude...

Eric: 5 SECOND RULE
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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!"
by Kim July 10, 2004
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applies to how long a food that has been dropped on the ground is edible.
don't touch it, mario dropped that a minute ago! hey, dude, 5 second rule.
by Erin July 10, 2004
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The supposed amount of time (5 seconds)you have to pick up food after it's been dropped on the ground or floor. Allegedly, the bacteria doesn't get on it before 5 seconds is up so you can still eat it if you pick it up really quickly. Sadly, it's all bullshit and not true but it makes good for justification - mainly so people don't call you gross.
*drops an ice lolly*
"FIVE SECOND RULE!"
*picks it up, brushes it off, sticks in mouth*
by Nadia July 09, 2004
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when food falls to the ground from your mouth/hand/counter/etc if its down for less than 5 seconds its still okay to eat any longer and it is trash
I was eating my cookie,tripped,dropped it on the floor,but it was down for a second,and was still eatable.
by Iceey Baby July 10, 2004
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