Dark Bilious Vapors

But how could I deny that I possess these hands and this body, and withal escape being classed with persons in a state of insanity, whose brains are so disordered and clouded by dark bilious vapors....
--Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy: Meditation I

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02/01/2005: The Five-Second Rule

Here's one Rule that's been used at my house on more than one occasion...and finally someone's been cleaver enough to check it out...scientifically! Check out this amazing research (and other facinating stuff you never knew....or needed to know...) at one of my favorite sites: the Ig Noble Awards.

Jillian Clarke of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences received her 2004 Ig Noble award for "investigating the scientific validity of the Five-Second Rule" about determining whether it's safe to eat food that has been dropped on the floor. (My link did not function...so to read this Fact-filled research paper...click on my Ig Noble Awards button...find the "List of All the Winners" and click...then look for the Five-Second Rule winner listed there...Sorry!! Len already KNOWS I have a techno-deficit...so, I'm working on that one.)

Now, fess-up...isn't this something we've all wanted to know but we're too afraid to ask?

Karen on 02.01.05 @ 03:43 PM CST

Replies: 2 comments

on Tuesday, February 1st, 2005 at 9:55 PM CST, Len Cleavelin said

"Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences"

Why does that strike me as being as incongruous as, say, the "Orthodox Jewish Pork Producers Association"? Outside or Wrigley Field and (then) Old Comiskey Park, I don't recall much agriculture going on in the Windy City during my stay there.


on Tuesday, February 1st, 2005 at 11:09 PM CST, Abby said

Karen, that link to the 5s Rule isn't working. :(

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