On the news tonight Emilia was talking dirty. Dirty keyboards, that is. Apparently a study has found that in some offices the keyboards have more germs on them than the toilets.
I'm not sure why anyone should be so surprised about this - after all, most companies don't employ people to spray disinfectant and bleach all over their computer keyboards. And we aren't provided with sinks for washing our hands after using them.
The other interesting fact in the link above is that women have four times the number of germs on their keyboards as men. Where are they getting all these germs? If you know, please feel free NOT to tell us.
I'm a little disappointed that I've not managed to grow anything from mine. After all, being in a flat it would be useful to cultivate herbs, or cress. Though it might make typing a little difficult. They'd certainly be well fed, though, as I'm sure loads of food gets dropped between the keys.
You do have to be careful what you give your equipment to eat and drink, though.
A year or two ago I poured coffee on my keyboard at work. Not just a little bit, a whole cup of latte. For the first few minutes it worked okay, then I started getting strange letters coming up. I had to get a replacement. Which suggests that you should avoid caffeine.
Chocolate and sandwiches seem to be okay, however.
Looking at my rather grubby keyboard, I think maybe I'll give it a rinse. In the toilet...