Had to have a rental re-keyed today. The locksmith handed me the old key, and I proceeded to drop it. Of course, it bounced once off of the counter and went right into the garbage disposal. No key anymore.
It was clearly there, but our hands were too large to reach in and get it. The locksmith tried his needle-nosed pliers but they were too short, and our only other option we thought would be a magnet. However, keys are not magnetic.
My next plan was to go to a nearby market and get bubble gum. While in my car, I looked one more time for a tool. The only item was a wine corkscrew. It worked great.
What did I learn? Be careful with keys around garbage disposals, keys are not magnetic, and you should always have bubble gum and a corkscrew in your car.