If you Web surf or catch up on e-mail while you eat lunch at your workstation, you might not realize that you are setting up a nighttime party where mice dance on your keyboard!
According to a press release by the U.K.'s Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), which maintains a keyboard, monitor, and telephone handset hygiene service, those little crumbs that fall into your keyboard while you eat turn into a fast-food discotheque for rodents at night.
Yes, those little seeds or blobs of dirt that you clean out of your keyboard may actually be mice droppings. The RSC reports that office surveillance videos have shown that mice, quite ingeniously, have learned to run across keyboards while pressing down on the keys with their paws to extract bits of food.
To bring attention to this nasty situation, as well as the importance of "office hygiene," the RSC is running a contest to find the most disgusting keyboard in the kingdom. Paul Gallagher, RSC spokesperson, said: "We are asking office workers to take shots of offensive keyboards and workstations and to email them to us at the RSC. We will give £300 to the sender of the most awful image. However, we will not entertain any shots that smack of contrivance—and will ask for a witness to the keyboard dirtiness."
Don't think the RSC will take entries from "the States," but we are certain you have some contenders at your workplace. And it may be time to publicize the use of your company lunchroom or outside picnic tables or dust off that old policy that discourages eating at desks to put an end to the party.