The Five Second Rule

The New York Times has published an article on the five second rule.
You'll be shocked—shocked—to learn that if you drop food on the floor
you get bacteria on it even if you pick it up in less than 5 seconds.
There are a couple of things I don't understand.

First, why would anyone waste time and money studying this issue? It's
not the first time someone's looked at it and guess what: they arrived
at exactly the same conclusion last time. Is there anyone who doesn't
realize that the 5 second rule is meant as a joke? Even as I child, I
understood that it was nonsense and just a humorous way of justifying
picking food off the floor and eating it.

The second thing I don't understand is why the Times thought it was
worth devoting space to this. It's not like we've run out of news.
It's like those cloyingly cute stories we keep seeing on TV news: all
sugar, no nutrition.

As is often the case, Kontra has the final word on the matter

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