Clean your mouse. Like, right now.
I'll never understand how computer manufacturers can justify poor peripheral design. Like, the keyboard with the open gaps that collects every disgusting hair, crumb, and flake of every person to ever use it. Or, the mouse trackball that is a magnet for the semi-solid pad smegma that sticks to the wheels.
Even optical mice aren't immune to this-- look at the gaps where plastic part meets plastic part. Odds are, you have a thin layer of dust, dead skin and gunk stuck in those gaps. Good luck getting it out (folded paper or the edges of envelopes usually do the trick to push that stuff out. . . Ewww).
The gaps along the side of your cordless phone? Ditto.
Gaps on the grips of your video game controllers? Ditto.
I'm no Howard Hughes, but seriously-- this stuff has GOT to be making people sick. I'm tempted to start walking around with a can of Lysol and a vat of hand sanitizer just to make it through the day.
It Gets Worse Update: I can't vouch for the authenticity of this article, but it *sounds* real-- a South Korean study labeled computer mice as the second-most bacteria-infested item in common contact, just after shopping cart handles, but worse than bus hand straps and even handles & doorknobs in public toilets.
Now, granted-- this was in South Korea. But it still sounds about right to me.
Even Worse Update: A University of Arizona study concluded that the average desk has *400 times* more bacteria than a toilet seat.
Time for lunch at my desk!