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A Definitive Ranking Of The Stuff Lodged In Your Keyboard

If your computer is half as old as whatever's stuck in its keyboard, then the time for new is now.

12. Dirt


Boring, universal, and uninspired. There's nothing special about the dirt between your keyboard's cracks.

11. Coffee


Yawn. A common blunder, barely worthy of consideration.

10. Whatever Was on Your Kid's Hands Before They Used Your Computer


We don't want to know. Whatever it is, it's going to wreak havoc on your tilde and your immune system.

9. Potato Chip Crumbs


This is a step in the right direction as far as food particles go. (Bonus points if they contain esoteric seasoning.)

8. Cake

bob walker (CC BY-SA 2.0) / Via Flickr: rjw1

Kudos for creativity here. Edges out chips by a small margin.

7. Tears


That's why you always back up your files.

6. Sand


Sometimes it's hard to turn off during vacation. Now you'll have no choice, because the remnants of Waikiki mucked up just about everything except caps lock.

5. Drool


Not bad. Then again, you probably wouldn't have to sleep at your desk if that keyboard were firing on all cylinders in the first place.

4. Pollen

Ian Schofield (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: schofields


3. Pasta sauce


OK, so this probably means you ate a legitimate bowl of penne at your desk. That's impressive and worthy of a top-three spot.

2. Cat Fur


Hard to shoo something so cute from your workspace. Good luck untangling those hairballs from your spacebar.

1. An Entire Meal


Now the only thing missing from your desk is a coffee mug labeled "#1 Slob."

Lucky for you, the latest PCs with 6th Generation Intel® Core™ processors are here. Like a 2 in 1 laptop with a keyboard that flips 360 degrees or detaches completely to spare your keys from eating any leftovers.