Lobo_pal suggested a good starting point for your research when he mentioned Van der Waals forces. Not surprisingly, Wikipedia has a whole article on stickiness and different types of it. Another article lists many types of glues, pastes, and sticky tapes.
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It can be different things, bonding ability, van der walls forces( might be spelled wrong), or a number of other things. It really depends on the material in question.
"sticky stuff " originates from the nasal cavity as is more commonly known as "icantgetitoffmyfinger" should be handled with extreme caution tho it doesn't seem to bother the handler much ,it is known to cause nausea in the people closest to the person that is handling said product if you should here "gross,yuck" or other such descriptive terms while handling this substance quickly remove by rubbing along the back side of your pant leg, furniture,under side of chair,or any site that is hard to see at a casual glance