What happens when you drop food on the floor?

According to the myth of the “five-second rule”, bacteria will wait patiently so you have time to pick it up. This is an illustration for an article in the German version of Scientific American ‘Spektrum der Wissenschaft’.

The Five-Second Rule
What happens when you drop food on the floor? According to the myth of the “five-second rule”, bacteria will wait patiently so you have time to pick it up. Illustration for the German science magazine ‘Spektrum der Wissenschaft’.