I should use the past tense there: It preferred to remain slightly angularly coiled and not lay flat when you put it down. When I took the phone off I put the cable down and didn't see the end, which had decided to stay bent at a 90 degree angle, take a nosedive into the half-filled mug of cold tea inconveniently placed nearby, instead of flopping gently to the desk surface like any other cable would.
THIS IS WHAT YOU GET FOR BEING A STUPID CABLE AND STAYING ANGULAR, STUPID CABLE. THANKS A LOT. PS: STUPID CABLE.
It's a loss. Part of the black plastic on the connector actually melted off in the liquid, which meant that I couldn't even finish the tea. How terribly inconsiderate of this stupid, stupid cable. Thankfully the other end was just stuck into the computer's USB port and not the wall charger. The computer didn't freak out, though it complained that it couldn't recognize whatever it was the cable was connected to. I'll give it that. We all know computers are incapable of recognizing actual tea.
I have other USB cables of this ilk kicking around, I'm pretty sure of it, cables which know how to behave and not make suicidal leaps into beverages. I blame neither the tea nor my own ignorance; no, the blame solely rests on this stupid cable, which now rests in the garbage can. And good riddance.