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July 20, 2021

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6 UCW JULY 21-27, 2021 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM PITT DICKEY, Columnist. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com. 910-484-6200. Dust Bunnies. What are they? Where do they come from? What do they want? Where do they go? What if they aren't stopped? ese are the eternal questions that even in our enlightened 21st Century have no definitive answers. Today, Mr. Science will attempt to shed some light on our dusty friends. is column was triggered by the energetic efforts of Mrs. Science who recently took on the Herculean Task of cleaning out under our bed. We have a tall bed that has been the home and stor- age location of many quaint and curious objects of forgotten lore over the last 40 years. Once something was stored under the bed, it tended to remain there per Newton's First Law of physics which says an object at rest stays at rest unless acted upon by an unbal- anced force. It turned out there was quite a Metaverse of objects under the bed. e most impressive object was Mr. Science's Father's World War 2 steel footlocker belonging to Lt. E.H. Dickey. Although the foot locker remains unopened, many people are saying it contains the origi- nal lyrics to the song "Louie, Louie". Other subterranean inhabitants included two giant airtight plastic clothes bags contain- ing at least 80 ancient T-shirts carefully sealed against the elements. Surrounding all the ob- jects was a vast civilization of Dust Bunnies. According to Mr. Google, Dust Bunnies are "small clumps of dust that form under furniture and in corners that are not cleaned regularly. ey are made of hair, lint, dead skin, spider webs, dust, and sometimes light rub- bish and debris that are held together by static electricity and felt-like entanglements." Now that we know what Dust Bunnies are and from whence they come, it turns out they are pretty disgusting. Next up is the question what do Dust Bun- nies want? Dust Bunnies are silent. ey do not make verbal demands. ey just lie there, quietly proliferating. If left to their own devic- es, Dust Bunnies will take over the world, one unswept location at a time. ey want world domination and must be stopped. Pondering the Dust Bunny Kingdom remind- ed me of the discussion in "Animal House" between Larry Kroger and Professor Jennings after they had smoked marijuana. Larry: "Okay, that means that our whole solar system could be like one tiny atom in the finger nail of some other giant being. is is too much! at means that one tiny atom in my finger nail could be. "Professor Jennings: "Could be one little tiny universe." Larry: "Could I buy some pot from you?" Dust Bunny Metaverses are the inert cousins of Kudzu which also desires to take over the world. Kudzu can only be stopped by freezing weather in February. Dust Bunnies are even more dangerous than Kudzu as they can only be stopped by cleaning forgotten areas. Where do Dust Bunnies go? Everywhere, un- less they are swept up and disposed of prop- erly. Mrs. Science saved the Earth by sweeping up 40 years of Dust Bunny Kingdoms. anks be to Mrs. Science. Having seen the Dust Bunny Civilization swept away, it got Mr. Science thinking about other lost civilizations which fell victim to the silent tragedy of Dust Bunnies. Ponder the fate of the Mayan civilization. It flourished almost 3000 years from 2000 BC until about 900 AD when it collapsed. It is likely the Mayans ne- glected to sweep out their cities and pyramids leading to Dust Bunnies collapse. ere were still Mayans around when Cortez showed up in 1525. However, the Dust Bunnies had already hollowed out their civilization making the Mayans easy pickings for Cortez. e Aztecs were a similar lost civilization which allegedly was wiped out by a nasty pes- tilence called the "cocoliztli" which may have killed up to 17 million people in the 16th cen- tury. e Aztecs where more into cutting the hearts out of their enemies than tiding up. It seems likely that Dust Bunnies were the cause of the pestilence. e prevailing theory about the extinction of dinosaurs 66 million years ago is that they were wiped out by an asteroid hitting the Earth cre- ating the Chicxulub Crater in Yucatan. Nothing could be further from the truth. Uncontrolled Dust Bunnies conquered the dinosaurs. Have you ever seen the tiny arms of a Tyrannosau- rus Rex? No way that a T Rex could have held a broom to sweep out the Dust Bunnies before they reached critical mass. Clearly Dust Bun- nies then ruled the Earth. A final example of the perfidiousness of Dust Bunnies is the Lost Colony on Roanoke Island. John White's band of plucky colonists landed on the beach in August 1587. ings got a bit dicey. John headed back to England for sup- plies which would have included brooms. He wasn't able to get back to Roanoke until three years later in 1590. On his return, the Lost Col- ony was gone leaving only the word Croatan carved on a post. No one knows for sure what happened to the Colony. However, it turns out that Croatan means Dust Bunnies. e rest is history. One final note, Dust Bunnies are responsible for where the lost socks go. Only you can pre- vent Dust Bunny take over. Sweep under your bed. Be the unbalanced force. e civilization you save may be your own. OPINION Dust bunnies may hold the key to lost civilizations by PITT DICKEY A wild Dust Bunny captured in its natural habitat. (Image courtesy of the author) Christian music station local your

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