Because fish farts are important
Winners of the IgNobel Prize - 2004
One important piece of research was to prove the 5 second rule. We all know that it's good if it's been on the floor for less than 5 seconds.. unless the floor is really really nasty.
I guess I wouldn't pick up raw meat and eat it (I would throw it away and then wash my icky hands). But a Oreo - that's different.