I’m not sure when it started. As long as I can remember, it was ok to do. If you dropped some food, as long as it wan’t on the ground longer than twenty seconds, it was ok to brush off and eat.
That was the rule, you could just eat it.
More than twenty seconds and you had to go wash it off in the sink. Some things washed up real well like lollipops and bologna. Other stuff was a little more tricky to get clean like ice-cream or applesauce.
But if you could get the visible dirt off, it was just fine to pop in your mouth and just eat it.
This rule might be hard to follow if you have pets. Growing up with cats, you have to adjust for the amount of fur you’re ok with swallowing. You’re going to inhale their fur anyway, no sense in being a sissy about a couple of cat hairs on the bottom of your sandwich.
Just eat it.
Being a new parent might scare you into vacuuming three times a day so your little angel doesn’t get amoebas all over him. The things a baby will put in his mouth is what mommy nightmares are of.
Get over that sweet cheeks because those cookies he’s chewing on have been under the sofa cushions for a week, just let him eat it.
You plan out the perfect meal for your family and spend a boo-coo at the store buying the ingredients. It takes three hours to peel, chop, salute and bake but you managed to pull off the best meal ever.
When you drop that entire pan of luscious twice-baked potatoes with apple-wood smoked bacon onto the floor and one even rolls into the living room, gather them all back up onto the pan.
This is when you scream “Twenty Second Rule” and everybody just eats it.
Here’s an oldie but a goodie. You’re cleaning out your Bermuda Triangle of a car and you find eight pristine gummy bears. Don’t throw those little darlings away. You have no proof they were there longer that twenty seconds (LOL).
Inspect them for bad spots and just eat it.
So, you’re out glamping with the girls and there’s only enough chocolate bars for everyone to get one smore. On a side note, what idiot dropped the ball and only brought enough Hershey bars for one smore? You’re about to smoosh all that hot marshmallowy goodness together when one of your drunk girlfriends knocks your chocolate bar right off the graham cracker.
Don’t punch her in the face, pick up your chocolate bar, squish it together with your marshmallow and just eat it.
Your kid insisted on eating the very last package of peanut butter crackers. When suddenly and to no one’s surprise, he drops the entire contents of the package onto your freshly mopped floor. Here is where you have a bonus drop.
You don’t even have to worry about blowing these crackers off or checking for bugs, sit your kid down and tell him they’re ok and to just eat it.
Then there’s your husband who won’t eat after you because eww germs. And you’re all hey, we’ve kissed before. But you still want to be a nice wife by making his supper plate for him.
Oh no, whoopsie, you drop the biggest steak on the floor which is questionably clean, sorry babe. Or am I? Maybe I’m just gonna put that big piece of ribeye on my plate instead and just eat it.
Twenty Second Rule void in but not limited to these areas:
Boy’s locker room
Bathroom at 7/11
Any type of jail or prison
Inside a dirty clothes hamper (even yours)
Floorboards of a patrol car
Seat cushions of a bus or taxi
At the bottom of a trashcan (top is ok)
Under a vending machine
Crematorium Lobby (actually anywhere there)
Honkey tonks and bars
Anywhere in Washington DC