Details, details

Pilot fish is the IT manager for a company that makes paving materials when he gets a call from a plant manager: Asphalt manufacturing has stopped at his plant because a keyboard stopped working.

"I questioned him further," says fish. "He said that the computers were up and running, and the keyboard was plugged in. He just couldn't control anything because the keyboard was unresponsive.

"After this quick review, I grabbed a few keyboards and my tools and drove the 120 miles to the plant location.

"What I found was truly disturbing. There, where the keyboard was supposed to be sitting, was a molten mess of plastic.

"When I asked what happened, the plant manager added in one important detail. Holding up a bottle of industrial-strength asphalt cleaner, he said, 'I was only trying to clean up the keys.'"

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