Five Second Rule

So, I had one breath mint left as I was awaiting the arrival of my date, and when I was unwrapping it I dropped the damn thing on the sidewalk. It barely touched the ground. It didn’t land on any dog poo or used condoms… so was it still okay to eat? How long does it take germs or other noxious substances to “jump” onto my mint?

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Welcome to the SDMB. There is a thread around here somewhere in which someone says it takes about 4.5 seconds for harmful bacteria to jump onto dropped food. I think that was on the average America kitchen floor though. You can use the seacrch link above to try to find it.

I’m guessing it is a moot point now anyway because you already ate it didn’t you? :wink:

Will power helps. You eat it and keep repeating to yourself “I’m not going to catch anything” and

you don’t.

I know this to be true, because friends, I ate that mint