What is a Dust Bunny?

It is a known fact that  Dust Bunnies can take any shape, size or color, and the little bits of matter that collect on them are unique to every one of them.   Every time I sweep under my bed, move the couch, or just look in a corner where they like to mingle, I see them up close and personal.  One rolled out just the other day with green particles clinging to it like a tail of a dog.  It spiraled in the breeze tumbling across the room making me wonder if they each have a personality.

Although dust bunnies are not living breathing creatures, they do tend to have a mind of their own.  There are the ground hugging ones that seem glued to the floor weighted down by life’s burdens  resembling slugs with bulbous bodies unable to have a bounce in their step.  Others drift through the air without a care in the world landing on top of dressers, beds, and table tops.  While there are those who just want to hide in dark corners shaking at the slightest disturbance.

Wikipedia gets in on the bunny fun with an entry dedicated specifically to Dust Bunnies:

  • Dust bunnies (or dustbunnies), also called dust mice, are small clumps of dust that form under furniture and in corners that are not cleaned regularly. They are made of hair, lint, dead skin, spider webs, dust, and sometimes light rubbish and debris, and are held together by static electricity and felt-like entanglement.[citation needed] They can house dust mites or other parasites, and can lower the efficiency of dust filters by clogging.[1] The movement of a single large particle can start the formation of a dust bunny.[2]
  • Dust bunnies are harmful to electronics, as they can obstruct air flow through heat sinks, raising temperatures significantly, and therefore shortening the life of electronic components.[3]
  • A trademark for “Dustbunny” was registered in 2006 for the “Dustbunny Cleaner”, a robotic ball with an electrostatic sleeve that rolls around under furniture to collect dustbunnies and other material.[4][5]
  • Dust bunnies have been used as an analogy for the accretion of cosmic matter in planetoids.[6][7]

As noted by Wikipedia, these dusty creatures are composed of some of the “ick” that falls to the floor to be swept under the rug or into the corner.  Once enough of this ick gathers together a small sphere will form greeting you the next time you venture under your bed.  Before you suck that little bundle of wonder up in the vacuum take a moment to reflect on the life of a dust bunny, and be thankful that your life is not wholly made up of  all that nasty debris.  What if your life is?  Treat it like a dust bunny…suck it up.

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