The five-second rule is a popular fiction regarding the eating of various objects that have fallen to the floor or ground. The origin of the rule is unknown. The substance of the rule is that if food falls on the ground, it may be safely eaten as long as it is picked up within five seconds.

There are many variations on the rule. Sometimes the time limit is modified so that it is known variously as the “three-second rule”, “seven-second rule”, “thirty-second rule”, and “ten-second rule”, among others. In some variations, the person picking up the food arbitrarily extends the time limit based on the actual amount of time required to retrieve the food. This also can vary based on the surface on which the food was dropped. In Russia there exists a similar rule: “Promptly picked up is not considered fallen”.
Although it has received little scholarly attention, the five-second rule has been studied as both a public health recommendation and as a sociological effect. It has been proven un-true.
In 2002, intern Jillian Clarke of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign found in a survey that 96% of the men and 13% of the women surveyed were familiar with the five-second rule.
source: Wikipedia
So, why are men more familiar with this rule than women?
Isn’t this “rule” nothing more than an excuse to justify to others what we’d do if they were not there?
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Why doesn’t life of one of those cool soundtracks.  Music orchestrated and tuned in to the events of our lives.  How cool would that be.  You’d have music to match life.  Even better you’d have a clue about what’s coming.
Think about it.  You’re selecting your groceries and the intensity of the music picks up when you squeeze that bad tomato and relaxes as you select that perfect head of lettuce.  Or get this, the intensity of the music increases as your hands hovers over the tomato.  The music will guide your selection.
Can real life match the whiz, bang, bamm sound effects?  Never.
Life would be so much more interesting with a sound track.
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On November 2, 1815 the man considered the father of modern logic, George Boole was born.  In 1848 a paper on the mathematical basis of logic, written by Boole, was published in Mechanics Magazine.  Boole is credited with being the first to realize that logic was more closely related to mathematics than philosophy.
Boole founded what would much later be understood as the basis for the field of computer science.  All it took was a man named Claude Shannon to understand that Boolean algebra could be applied to an electric circuit in order to solve problems, all based upon whether a circuit was on or off.  Out of this spawned the modern digital technology we cannot survive without.  Calculators, e-mail, web pages, video games, and even that picture on your phone owe their accomplishments to the mathematics of 1’s and 0’s to solve the most complex of problems.
Al Gore can wax philosophical about his role in the Internet, but we all know better – it wasn’t what philosophy did to logic that gave us the Internet, it was something only mathematics could do.
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For years I have pondered what so many seem not to notice.
I can honestly say ranking movies by gross ticket sales was very high up on my list of top annoyances.  Maybe I’m odd, but as soon as I heard the newest hype my mind would go to the fact that 1980 ticket prices were no where near matinee prices of 2010.  If that were the case movie studios would long ago have gone out of business.
The reason this interested me is because I wanted to see how the populous-at-large rated movies in comparison to my perception.  The current studio system is all built around making their current flick sound like the hottest thing since pop-up toast.  Sure it just broke a record in ticket sales but then ticket prices are at an all-time high.  Guess that’s the game but it left me without a standard.
Finally persistence and the Internet paid off.  Thanks to Box Office Mojo I can now see such a list.  Finally!
Ok, so I have seen 86 of the top 100 domestic films.  The list is very interesting in that it is so far removed from the typical fare.
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“Money is the root of all evil,” or is it “The love of money is the root of all evil,” or is it “The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil?”
I can only say for sure it’s NOT “Money is the root of all evil.”  The other two are possible translations.  Which is right?
Does not matter?  Yes and No.  In application of the basic principle, no, but if trying to determine if all evil is related to the love of money it does make a notable difference.
Why do I care?  Not sure I really do, just thought I’d bring it up.
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For more than 4 decades I have puzzled at the expression “sail the seven seas.”  I have vivid recollection of searching the globe, counting each “sea” indicated.  No matter how I sliced and diced it I would usually arrive at a number significantly more than 7 but sometimes less, never seven.  I recall being very close once in having counted six but I was left unsatisfied.
After all these years I realize Google was created to give me the answers I sought (only little self-centric).
I’ve always said,  ”be careful what you ask if you might not like the answer.”  Well, I don’t like the answer… life would have been better without asking.  I won’t call it quits but I am pretty disturbed at the lies perpetrated on my young mind.
After a search of many authoritative sites the basic conclusion is no one knows what the seven seas were, or if they were even actual bodies or simply a use of the number seven to show completeness.  At best, the seas can be identified as seven bodies of water in the locale of the mariner.  In other words the phrase was never used in context of the entire earth.
To my scientific mind, this is more disturbing than finding out the Easter Bunny doesn’t really like chocolate.
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The Flintstones.jpg
Google brought to my attention that today is the golden anniversary of one of my childhood staples.
Fred found himself in many a self-imposed pickle, but you know what?  He loved life and lived it to the fullest no matter what he was dealt.  He was upbeat and optimistic.  Yes, he did some goofy things – but don’t we all.  He laughed at himself and moved on.  He slept well at night.  Life was an adventure.
Where’s my Yabba Dabba Doo?
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Forbes 400 richest people in America list for 2010 has been released.
As expected a significant number made their wealth from oil, tech companies, transportation, investments, hedge funds and Walmart.  Unexpected were a few who made their wealth from the likes of chewing gum and salsa.
Position on list
Net worth
Source of wealth
William Wrigley
$2.1 Billion
chewing gum
Christopher Goldsbury
$1.3 Billion
I have better ideas than salsa!  Why can’t I hit that $1,000,000,000 mark?
It’s gotta be my charm.  Maybe next year – better keep your eyes open Forbes.
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