In this lesson, you will examine the difference between facts and myths.
Fact or Myth
We often hear of the five-second rule; you know, you drop food on the floor and if you pick it up before 5 seconds, it is safe to eat. But is that true?
Jillian Clarke*, a senior high school student, actually did a scientific study on this rule. She discovered two things. One, floors are usually cleaner then we think; germs need moisture to live and floors are usually dry. Two, germs, if present, will attach to food within five seconds. So is the five-second rule a fact¹or is it just a myths²? According Jillian Clarke, it is just a myth.
Often we hear or read ideas about poverty, some of them are fact and some of them are just myths. The only way we can tell the difference is by looking at reliable³ data, and even here it might be difficult.