A long standing rule in which any food which is dropped on the floor/ground is still "good" and edible if it was only in contact with the surface for less than 5 seconds. Incorporated mainly by clumsy children but is often used by teenagers and adults as well.
"Dude, this hotdog is awesome....damn, I dropped it on the ground. No big deal, its still good takes a big bite, 5 second rule!! mumbles with mouth full"
بواسطة zebo2k يوليو 11, 2004
The tacit requirement in ultra-clean American society that dropped food must not lay upon the ground for longer than five seconds in order to be still edible. Certain requirements about food type (i.e., non-sticky or attracting of dirt particles) generally apply.
Dude! I dropped my Dorito! Five second rule...still good.
بواسطة quetzalphoenix يوليو 10, 2004
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.
بواسطة Timothy Paul يوليو 9, 2004
when it is okay to pick up a pick of food or candy from the floor if it has been on the floor for 5 seconds or less, as if germs and filth cannot adhere to an edible morsel during that time frame
Go ahead and eat the m&m -- the five second rule is in effect.
بواسطة Winsi يوليو 9, 2004