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You're eating a delicious slice of pizza. But, while reaching for a napkin, you fumble it and it falls on the floor. Which of these surfaces would you apply the five second rule and retrieve the pizza, clean it off, and finish eating it?

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Carpet
30 (16.8%)
Sidewalk
8 (4.5%)
Convenience store floor
4 (2.2%)
Supermarket floor
3 (1.7%)
Movie theater floor
3 (1.7%)
Kitchen sink
22 (12.3%)
Pet, who was sleeping on the floor
14 (7.8%)
Dirty socks, which were lying on the floor
13 (7.3%)
Playground sandlot
2 (1.1%)
Filled bathtub (pizza is now wet)
4 (2.2%)
Bar floor
3 (1.7%)
Toilet seat cover (lid is closed)
13 (7.3%)
Your own naked crotch (for some reason, you're eating pizza naked)
45 (25.1%)
Floor right below the seat at a professional football game
3 (1.7%)
I don't believe in the five second rule. I'd never eat anything off the floor.
12 (6.7%)

Hostess may be closing its doors for good. The maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Suzie Qs and other nutrient-free but yummy pastry thingies may call it quits. If so, what will you do?

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Be pleased. That stuff is terrible and the sooner they go, the better
5 (6.3%)
Indifferent. I didn't eat their stuff, so it won't make a lick of difference now that I can never again eat their stuff
48 (60.8%)
I'll be sad. Twinkies are a staple of American junk food
16 (20.3%)
Racing to the stores to hoard Hostess Cupcakes or other products. They last for a long time, right?
5 (6.3%)
Other
5 (6.3%)


Edit: For the first question, anything you don't check it's assumed that if the pizza fell on that surface, you'd throw it away instead of eating it
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[User Picture]From: captain_emily
2012-11-16 07:10 pm (UTC)

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As long as I'm not in the middle of doing the dishes or something, I'd eat pizza dropped in the kitchen sink. Scrubbing my sink is part of my routine for doing dishes, so it should be fairly harmless.
[User Picture]From: fourcorners
2012-11-16 07:12 pm (UTC)

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Only the sink? You'd forgo the pizza if it fell on any of the other surfaces?
[User Picture]From: captain_emily
2012-11-16 07:19 pm (UTC)

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I'm super picky about food safety.

I certainly wouldn't eat anything that fell on a public floor. And I have a giant, messy, muddy, furry, drooly dog, so despite my best effort, my carpet is usually a wreck. And unless I want a mouthful of dog hair, I wouldn't eat anything off my pet. (It's hard enough to keep Newfie hair out of the food I cook, much less food that's been in contact with her.) I suppose that I might eat it off myself if I was freshly showered. Maybe.
[User Picture]From: alpacacock
2012-11-16 08:00 pm (UTC)

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Even a well-kept sink tends to have more bacteria than your toilet.
[User Picture]From: captain_emily
2012-11-16 08:22 pm (UTC)

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Probably, but I keep a spray bottle of bleach and water to clean my cabinets and my sink gets that treatment too. I'll take my chances.
[User Picture]From: alpacacock
2012-11-16 08:24 pm (UTC)

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Yea, even then. I'm just saying, if you're going to be super picky about this shit you should probably apply it in a realistic sense. In a typical home, where typical people use bleach on their sink, the sink is still the second grossest thing in the home after the remote control. The edging that's near universal in combining the sink to the plumbing creates spaces where bacteria are pretty much never touched and so they thrive.
[User Picture]From: moshimishi
2012-11-16 07:13 pm (UTC)

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I dropped bread on the floor of a bar yesterday. I was going to save it for when I drank more, but the bartender took it :(
[User Picture]From: fourcorners
2012-11-16 07:15 pm (UTC)

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Your bar had bread? Interesting

Most of the bars I frequent have nothing in the way of edibles, but the Roost has a popcorn machine, and the White Horse has cookies and pretzels galore, and free hot dogs
[User Picture]From: chaostrophy
2012-11-16 07:36 pm (UTC)

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I would love a bar with popcorn!! However we got drunk and made a mess trying to throw popcorn at each other's mouths a few months ago, so I understand why they don't.
[User Picture]From: moshimishi
2012-11-16 07:50 pm (UTC)

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it came with my pulled pork mac and cheese. :d
From: blue_sky_day
2012-11-16 08:38 pm (UTC)

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At the very least, the bars I've been to will have peanuts, pretzels, or other finger foods. A lot of them serve food, like hamburgers, as well.
[User Picture]From: ellelelle
2012-11-16 07:18 pm (UTC)

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My carpet.

My socks.

And why am I eating pizza in the bathroom? D:
[User Picture]From: fourcorners
2012-11-16 07:18 pm (UTC)

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The pizza is SO good you can't stop eating it, and nature calls :D
[User Picture]From: xenosphobatic
2012-11-17 03:30 pm (UTC)

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That's...a whole new level of nasty.
From: blue_sky_day
2012-11-16 07:27 pm (UTC)

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5-second rule only applies in my own home.
[User Picture]From: fourcorners
2012-11-16 07:28 pm (UTC)

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What if you're staying at a hotel? The floor looks vacuumed, the sheets look washed, etc. You're staying for a few days, so it's kind of like a home away from home
[User Picture]From: miss_almost
2012-11-16 10:11 pm (UTC)

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this!

idek whats been on the floors of those other places since it was last properly sanitized (if its EVER been properly sanitized, most places dont use enough bleach in the mop water to do anything)
[User Picture]From: uberash
2012-11-16 07:28 pm (UTC)

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The whole hostess thing....I haven't bought twinkies in years. Maybe since I was 10. Not going to be missed.
[User Picture]From: sblmnldrknss
2012-11-16 07:30 pm (UTC)

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The five second food only applies to certain foods.... Like dry ones. Pizza is too porous and sticky and would pick up too much stuff.
[User Picture]From: 67words
2012-11-16 07:30 pm (UTC)

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is this pizza falling toppings side down or crust side down?

i didn't select any of them. i believe in the five second rule, but not when it comes to pizza. i might eat it if it was the last piece and fell crust-side down on carpet or the floors at my house.
[User Picture]From: fourcorners
2012-11-16 07:31 pm (UTC)

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Crust side down
[User Picture]From: chaostrophy
2012-11-16 07:33 pm (UTC)

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I don't trust anything except my crotch lol and assume that my dogs will have eaten the pizza of of any surface it was dropped on in their vicinity.
Previously indifferent, I haven't had anything of this sort in many, many years but I may have to get some before I can't anymore.
[User Picture]From: sylviamaris
2012-11-16 07:34 pm (UTC)

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Only my own toilet lid, or that of someone I know quite well. And that convenience store floor is a maybe fifty percent of the time, very conditionally. I fucking love pizza.
[User Picture]From: saya_cintamu
2012-11-16 07:39 pm (UTC)

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i'm a little "ehh" on the carpet since now i'm starting to think of like carpet fuzz on my pizza, but whatever.

i dont like sweets, so i'm indifferent on the hostess stuff.
[User Picture]From: thunderflyer
2012-11-16 07:41 pm (UTC)

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The Hostess/Merita question has me of two minds. On the one hand, the unions are right to strike for being asked to take another pay cut and lose more benefits while the executives lose nothing. I also believe that their petition to liquidate their assets should be denied. The bankruptcy they're filing for is designed to pad the pockets of the board members and completely fuck over the share holders.

On the other hand, I haven't bought anything Merita/Little Debbie in years because of the non-food bullshit they put in their products. Also, I have never eaten a Twinkie. All of that said, it is nigh unlikely that those products will disappear, they'll just be made by whichever food-like substance manufacturer buys the patents/formulas of those items should they be allowed to liquidate.
[User Picture]From: miss_almost
2012-11-16 10:12 pm (UTC)

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you know little debbie and tastykakes are ready to buy all that shit up.
[User Picture]From: thegreenstage
2012-11-16 07:54 pm (UTC)

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For Hostess, I'd be sad but only for my husband. I hate their stuff, but he loves it and buys it in 7-11s whenever we visit the US. He'll not be pleased to be deprived of raspberry zingers.
[User Picture]From: judaskiss
2012-11-16 08:09 pm (UTC)

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The only thing I ever eat that's made by Hostess is those apple pies, and I love those dammit. :/

Your own naked crotch (for some reason, you're eating pizza naked)

Wait, this counts as a floor?? Good deal.
[User Picture]From: fourcorners
2012-11-16 08:12 pm (UTC)

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Like a floor, I'm sure someone's nailed it by now
[User Picture]From: judaskiss
2012-11-16 08:23 pm (UTC)

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I LOL'd.
[User Picture]From: miss_almost
2012-11-16 10:14 pm (UTC)

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my love for fruit pies rivals that of bobby hills
[User Picture]From: ducklings
2012-11-16 08:23 pm (UTC)

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Only my own carpet and kitchen sink, though.

Years ago, drunk after a night barhopping, I bought a piece of pizza and dropped it immediately on the floor. The guy in line behind me yelled "five second rule" and I picked it up. Totally ate that whole slice.
[User Picture]From: sister_anne
2012-11-16 08:29 pm (UTC)

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My crotch is always clean, so...
[User Picture]From: fourcorners
2012-11-16 08:30 pm (UTC)

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Can I eat off it? I'll wash my hands first
[User Picture]From: freakshownia
2012-11-16 09:11 pm (UTC)

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I'd eat it off of pretty much any dry surface in my own home. But in any public place, ehhhhh
[User Picture]From: mellowmetallica
2012-11-16 09:29 pm (UTC)

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Basically the only place I wouldn't retrieve the pizza from is some kind of publicly used floor (Market, theater, bar, etc.,) pavement is fine as long as it's pavement right in front of my own house like the driveway or something.

I will be ridiculously sad if Hostess goes out of business, mostly for all the people who'll lose their jobs, but I'll also miss their products a little.
[User Picture]From: yamamanama
2012-11-16 11:18 pm (UTC)

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Aww, I was hoping to make twinkie armor in anticipation of the third world war three.
[User Picture]From: shinygobonkers
2012-11-17 12:03 am (UTC)

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did the pizza fall crust down or topping down?
[User Picture]From: fourcorners
2012-11-17 12:08 am (UTC)

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Crust down
[User Picture]From: lai_lai_ranma
2012-11-17 02:30 am (UTC)

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So many people will happily eat their own crotch pizza, it makes me laugh.
[User Picture]From: xenosphobatic
2012-11-17 03:33 pm (UTC)

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While I'm sad to see Hostess go, I understand why.