(If it matters, they are just cut up fresh strawberries with nothing on them. And you just vacuumed that evening.)
2. Do you generally use the 5-second rule (or whatever length of time you prefer) or do you always toss stuff that drops on the floor?
After getting way more upset than I should have over some fruit, I took them back to the kitchen and washed them. They still tasted like floor :( I think this is why I'm not a believer in the 5-second rule.