Watching a Keyboard Melt Away in Acetone Is Equal Parts Disgusting and Satisfying

No matter what you do for a living, there’s a very good chance that at least some part of your job involves pecking away at a computer keyboard. That’s not going to change anytime soon, but watching a plastic keyboard melt away in a pool of acetone at least provides some cathartic satisfaction.


You might not be familiar with acetone, but the solvent is very good at dissolving plastics, artificial fibers, and paints, which is why it’s used in paint thinner and nail polish remover. It took about 70 hours for a few inches of solvent to turn this keyboard into a pile of unrecognizable mush, and about 11,000 photos to document its demise through this wonderful timelapse.

[YouTube via Laughing Squid]