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Lira
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Dropped food and local culture - How many seconds till it's no longer okay to nom it?

English [url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2138777/The-second-rule-fact-fiction-Scientists-reveal-food-dropped-floor-safe-eat.html]scientists say 3-second-rule is legit (depending on the nature of the food on the floor)! However, the one thing the Britons said and that I found surprising is that in England you're supposed to pick your food up in under 3 seconds, whereas in Brazil we say we have 5 seconds to do this task - almost twice as much time our European brethren believe is safe. Apparently it's 3 seconds in Japan as well.

How many seconds "do you have" where you live before it's no longer acceptable to pick up that delicious nom you accidentally dropped?

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david.michael
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I have dogs. If I drop it, it's done.

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It depends on the food and the surface it's dropped on.


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quote:
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It depends on the food and the surface it's dropped on.

and how much i want it

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Blake
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10 second rule!

I've never even heard of a 3 or 5 second rule. I'd say I throw food that's fallen on the floor in the garbage about 98% of the time, and only employ the 10 second rule for certain types of food that I know are less prone to collecting dirt or debris. I use this rule most of the time with non-food items, like pills / vitamins etc. Moreover, although we call it the 10 second rule, I can't say I've known anyone to wait more than 2 or 3 seconds to actually retrieve a food item off the floor and eat it


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The first time i heard about that idiotic rule is from american tv shows. Number of seconds is irrelevant, dont think so? Then would you eat food that touched the floor for one second (well short of the "rule") in new orleans, the morning after mardi gras, or something that was on the floor of a NASA clean room where they assemble satelites and shit for an hour.


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Re: Dropped food and local culture - How many seconds till it's no longer okay to nom it?

quote:
Originally posted by Lira from Brazil


A bit of a thread derail, but Lira...please help me figure this one out? Are expenses in Brazil (Rio and/or Sao Paolo) higher than in America? In terms of cost of living, etc.

A a close friend and business partner is from Brazil (and after studying and working in LA he's back in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro, but lives most of the time in Sao Paolo); we're both thinking about doing business for the world cup events; this would ultimately lead to a temporary relocation, if it all pans out.

Anyways I was just a bit in shock to hear from my buddy how things were more expensive in Brazil.


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well coming from a pro catering background the rule was always 5 sec but in all honesty the second the food hits the floor its heading for the bin no matter how clean the floor unless its a banana lol

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I've always said the five second rule. Although really, that's just a joke. It depends on the food and the surface it lands on, and the time the two meet for is irrelevant.


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Originally posted by Euforix
I have this 48 hour rule. If the food has been on the floor for over 2 days I don't eat it. That's how I was raised.

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Lira
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quote:
Originally posted by SYSTEM-J
I've always said the five second rule. Although really, that's just a joke.

Pretty much. That's why I thought it was hilarious that some scientists felt the need to science it and this is what they science'd.
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Originally posted by Lagrangian
A bit of a thread derail, but Lira...please help me figure this one out? Are expenses in Brazil (Rio and/or Sao Paolo) higher than in America? In terms of cost of living, etc.

It depends quite a lot on what you're looking for but, as a rule of thumb, yes, it is (much to our annoyance).

For example, the price we pay for a lousy iPod is enough to buy at least two identical mp3 players in the US. And we don't fare better in the Big Mac Index either:



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There's a reason why Brazilians find it so bizarre that Americans leave home after they're 18. It's almost impossible to do so here - even my friends think I'm crazy for having left home aged 24. Most people only leave home when they get married, and some stay with their parents even then!
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Originally posted by Lagrangian
A a close friend and business partner is from Brazil (and after studying and working in LA he's back in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro, but lives most of the time in Sao Paolo); we're both thinking about doing business for the world cup events; this would ultimately lead to a temporary relocation, if it all pans out.

That would be great :)
quote:
Originally posted by Lagrangian
Anyways I was just a bit in shock to hear from my buddy how things were more expensive in Brazil.

We're usually astonished by that ourselves :(

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