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Dust Bunny Appreciation Day

Updated on January 1, 2013

Welcome to Dust Bunny Appreciation Day

This light-hearted lens pays homage to the delicate if not delightful dander known as the dust bunny.

More often than not, these furry or floppy forms of flotsam have a short life-span due to the presence of far too many broom-conscious busybodies, mavens of the mop and other sorts of fastidious folks. For those who cannot abide even a speck of dust, these lovely lint lagomorphs represent the bane of their existence.

On the other hand, there are others who simply sweep the snuggle bunnies under the rug as they have little time to welcome them into the light of day -- all of which means homo sapiens should honor these friendly furry fellows with whom they share space on this planet.


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Santa thought he should probably take a pass on this place. - He wasn't really ready to become the Ghost of Christmas Past yet!


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What do you mean "please don't feed the dust bunnies"?

The Origin of Dust Bunnies - No, they're not a figment of your imagination.

Divas of domesticity and divination owe a debt of gratitutude to a dedicated group of scientists, philosphers, and writers (with way too much time on their hands and precious little to do but examine their navels and novels) who dared to ask, "Where do dust bunnies come from?"

Their spectacular if not speculative efforts in this long-forgotten field of ridiculous research have led to some interesting discoveries about the origin of these wispy wunderkins.

1. Scientistists say that dust bunnies have been around a long time, well ever since time and the universe began with a "Big Bang".

2. Philosophers and theologians who rarely agree on anything including why homo sapiens exist, suggest that dust bunnies owe their existence to Adam and Eve's first feast and frolicking about in the hollyfuds in the Garden of Eden and an unfortunate encounter with a nasty serpent hidden in a barrel of apples that they were bobbing for; all of which meant that Eve was pressed for time and simply shoved the specks from their snack under the rug since thank heavens, dustbusters had not yet been invented.

3. Writers with fanciful imagination, one in particular inspired by sci-fi stories opined that the dust bunnies were in fact aliens from outer-space, more likely than not from a fractally-demented universe inhabited by a hutch full of hapless if not harmless hitch-hikers in the galaxy who stowed away on a runabaout rocket ship with just about every optional extra except Advanced Vectoid Stabilisis which is why it landed smack dab on a planet full of Perfectly Normal Beasts, pikka birds, and a happy Sandwich Maker who had apparently been sent in a burning fiery chariot by Almighty Bob and whose landing made a royal mess of the place by destroying half the forest, and filling it with ghosts not to mention injuring the Sandwich Maker which made it one very crummy day for everyone. (Ref. "Mostly Harmless" - the fifth book in the increasingly inaccurately named Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy by Douglas Adams).


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Exactly what is the role of dust bunnies? - Where do they live?

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Dust bunnies are magnet munchkins who work diligiently to gather dust that tends to accumulate on shelves and bookcases, in cupboards and in corners.

Frankly, if dust bunnies didn't do their jobs, daring dust-busting dudes and damp-mopping damsels-in-distress would have one heck of a time trying to track down those flecks of fluff or specs of dirt.

Dust bunnies also give engineers and scientists a reason for being - so they can put their heads together and come up with the next super-duper device designed to eliminate domestic drudgery or make a potent pot of industrial chemicals designed to disinfect a floor with one easy application. Regretfully, these same scientists and engineers have not yet come up with a way for clothes to pick themselves up off the floor and clean themselves without any human effort or intervention.


Dust bunnies can make their home pretty much anywhere but usually prefer comfortable quarters such as nice nooks and cozy crannies that offer oodles of places to play, not to mention a location to bed down and rest for the night, an undisturbed place of peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of life, including dirty dogs, grimey grubs, and icky insects.

If truth be told, their favorite spot is right under the bed. Although from time to time, they are often obliged to share this space with a few mischievous monsters who move in after dark (in order to scare the pants of kids not to mention grown-ups and caregivers).

A word about rogue refuse rabbits


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While most dust bunnies are delightful and dandy companions, there is one sub-species who give the rest of the lint-Lepordae family a bad name.

Better known as "lazy lagomorphs" or known as "recreationally-challenged rogue refuse rabbits", they don't conform to the rules of the road.

For want of a better term, these bedraggled bunnies hang out far too long for their own good with seedy or shady sorts of characters in unsavory places like biker bars, pool halls, and red-light districts. Consquently, they attract unhealthy, unfriendly and unsightly things like bad bugs whose only mission in life is to create chaos not unlike a badly behaved relative or a smelly fish after three days. Clearly all of them are unwelcome guests in the otherwise happy home of a higgledy-piggledy, handkerchief-waving homo sapien.

Forget running in the rat race ... - Feeding the dust bunnies keeps me fit!


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What do you do when you see a dust bunny?

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The care and feeding of dust bunnies... - Requires nothing but a wicked imagination!


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For divas of domesticity only!

Totoro My Neighbor Dust Ball 8" Plush Suction Cup
Totoro My Neighbor Dust Ball 8" Plush Suction Cup

Dedicated dust bunny collectors will really appreciate this!

Totoro: Dust Bunny - Makkurokurosuke- Slippers (Pair)
Totoro: Dust Bunny - Makkurokurosuke- Slippers (Pair)

Yes -- your very own Dust Bunny Slippers!

As Seen On TV Deluxe Blue Dust Mop Slippers
As Seen On TV Deluxe Blue Dust Mop Slippers

Now here's a pair of dust bunny slippers that does double duty!


And speaking of bunnies...


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FLOPPY FURRY FRIEND FEEDBACK - Kind comments or curious question welcome!

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      3 years ago

      an adult, I still love them. a0Last year, after my Modern Day Snow White themed seoissn (seen here: ), I was determined to do 2-3 Once Upon A Time themed seoissns. a0I immediately made a

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      5 years ago

      Loved this, cute & informative, thanks.

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      6 years ago

      Had a fun time reading this lens, thanks for the chuckle!


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