I was going to move my wash basket when I noticed one of my thumb drives was sitting next to it. That obviously meant it had fallen out of a pants pocket. Oh no, I just washed a thumb drive.
Nice and clean after washing
With great trepidation, I tested it. The Word, Excel, and Picture files seem to be fine. (Fortunately, this was a backup drive I don’t use much.) This is not so much a tribute to modern electronics, since that would get messed up by being immersed. It’s a tribute to the more mundane sort of factories that can machine the molds for the cover to such a tiny fraction of an inch, the plastic cap makes a waterproof seal when snapped onto the rest of the drive.
While Battlestar Galactica was on the air, I thought they should have come out with a thumb drive that looked like the Galactica and call it—you guessed it—a jump drive. I tended to accidentally call these things jump drives while watching the series.
And now for a shameless plug: this reminds of the time I went to the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle for the Battlestar Galactica exhibit. It featured the life-size vipers (fighter jets) used in the series. You can see that post here.