This past Friday while at The Inn, Ernie asked Cathryn if she’d eat a pretzel that had been dropped on the floor.
Cathryn didn’t give a solid answer. The five second rule was just not enough for her to make a decision on the Pretzel. This clearly disappointed all of us.
Today, however, Cathryn e-mailed the group informing us that she dropped some pineapple on the floor over the weekend and then proceeded to pick it up, rinse it, and eat it. She included with this story a full equation for how to calculate edibleness of a food item dropped on the floor using a Likert scale.
Here’s the scale:
Emotional value of food + cleanliness of floor + ability to be rinsed (without compromising its integrity) – # of seconds on floor
Values of 5 or lower would indicate that the food should not be consumed.
Values of 6 to 8 would indicate that the food could be consumed if desired.
Values of 9 and above would indicate that the food should be consumed.
Using Cathryn’s real life example of the pineapple from the weekend, here is her equation:
5 + 4 + 5 – 4 = 10 (the pineapple should have, and was, consumed)
This works pretty well. Though it doesn’t quite explain why Sander would happily eat a pile of Lemon Jello that was dropped into mud and sat for three weeks in the rain. Perhaps there needs to be a Sander amendment.
If Name = Sander Add 8 points to result.