So earlier I was in my Java class working on some stupid string manipulation assignment. I finally got the darn thing to work, and I excitedly swiveled in my chair.
I kicked my USB thumb drive, which happened to still be plugged in, and it ended up looking like this: (sorry for the terrible quality, cell phone pic.)
Bent at about 45 degrees and missing the outer casing. The red LED indicator still worked, as did the drive itself. I moved all the files, carefully removed the drive, bent it back straight and reinserted it into the casing....
AND IT STILL WORKS!