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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. They can house dust mites or other parasites, and can lower the efficiency of dust filters by clogging. The movement of a single large particle can start the formation of a dust bunny.
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 dust bunnies and other material.
In popular culture
- Players in Dust 514 are often referred to as dust bunnies.
- Two "dust bunnies", who were actually dusty rabbits, lived under the couch in The Big Comfy Couch TV show. Only Molly believed in their existence, often keeping them safe from Loonette so she could continue to play with them.
- Living dust bunnies are encountered in Beyond Zork.
- In Hiyao Miyazaki's films My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away feature Susuwatari, or soot sprites which are a type of dust bunny.
In other languages
- In Danish they are called "nullermænd" ("nuller-" from the verb "nulre", meaning to move something between one's fingers, and "-mænd" meaning "men")
- In Finnish they are called "villakoira" (meaning: wool dog) after the language's nickname for the actual dog breed poodle
- In French they are called "moutons" (meaning: sheep)
- In German they are called "Wollmäuse" (meaning: wool mice) 
- In Norwegian they are called "hybelkaniner" (meaning: "lodging bunnies") 
- In Polish they are called "koty" (meaning: cats)
- In Portuguese they are called "cotão".
- The Scots word is "oose"
- In Spanish they are called "pelusa".
- In Swedish they are called "dammråttor" (meaning: dust rats).
- In Turkish they are called "hav".
- In Hungarian they are called "porcica" (meaning: dust cat)
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