Speaking of USB drives, I accidentaly left one in my shorts pocket this morning and ran it through the washer, Tide and all. I didn't notice it until I heard a bit of a "clink" sound as I was pulling clothes out of the dryer and folding them. It's just an older USB 2.0 device, which I intended to discard anyway, so it would have been no big loss.
But I plugged it in to my laptop, and it mounted, completely unharmed. It's a Mageia 8 installer, and the only thing that was damaged is the paper tag identifying the distro. Sturdy things, these USB drives.