Bologna dropped on a kitchen floor can bear an unsettling resemblance to Petri dishes containing Salmonella bacteria.
Eat. Think. And be wary.
Most folks know the “five-second rule,” an unwritten convention that says if you drop a food item on the floor it may be picked up, dusted off and safely consumed within that designated amount of time.
Apparently this assumes microbes need at least six seconds to make the jump.
In recent years, the scientific integrity of the five-second rule has come under occasional empirical scrutiny.