Month: May 2007


I too wish Ken Griffey Jr was about to hit #756…I was completely addicted to the National Spelling Bee broadcast on ABC Thursday evening, won by 13 year old Evan O’Dorney…Its June 1 tomorrow and the Red Sox have a 10.5 game lead in the AL East and the NY Yankees are tied for last place with the Devil Rays, 13.5 games behind. So why am I worried?… Google + DoubleClick = Scary…Buy the new album from The Shins “Wincing the Night Away”. Also check out Death Cab For Cutie….OK, I admit it. I like Justin Timberlake’s album FutureSex/LoveSounds…Christopher Walkin is one of the strangest people in Hollywood…If you use Firefox and Gmail, check out the Better Gmail add on….Be sure to watch this: Bill Gates and Steve Jobs on the same stage…50 days until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. 42 40 days until Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix movie…Read John Battelle’s book The Search…Guy gets deadly string of TB, while his father-in-law is a doctor at the Center for Disease Control specializing in that specific string of TB. You can’t make this stuff up…I too always wanted to be a Lego artist…The Squeezing of the Middle Class: Wine is now more popular than beer in the United States…What exactly is the World Bank?…Is this LeBron’s coming out party?…and like that, he’s gone.

The Five Second Rule

Ah, the Five Second Rule. You know, the urban legend of college campuses and teenage basements, where its widely accepted that if you drop food on the floor, its OK to pick up and eat it if you do so within 5 seconds of it hitting the floor. Building on an initial analysis done at the University of Illinois in 2003, Clemson University has conducted a follow up analysis and it was discussed in the NY Times today. The key takeaways:

Quick retrieval does mean fewer bacteria, but it’s no guarantee of safety…the five-second rule, version 2.0: If you drop a piece of food, pick it up quickly, take five seconds to recall that just a few bacteria can make you sick, then take a few more to think about where you dropped it and whether or not it’s worth eating.

And there you have it.