Image: Dustmate shoes
Electrolux thinks the Dustmate can help you step up your house cleaning.
By Brian Tracey Business Editor

Perhaps you've resolved this year to get more exercise and keep a cleaner house. Well, one firm wants to help you multitask your goals with a pair of shoes that vacuums the floor as you walk.

British newspaper The Daily Telegraph reported this week that appliance maker Electrolux has designed the cleaning clogs, called the Dustmate, for busy people who don't have much time for housework.

The Dustmate, still in the prototype phase, has a rechargeable base containing a vacuum pump and a built-in sock which secures the user's feet.

"As you walk, the base of the shoes collects the dust, without requiring any effort. It is a simple, yet creative cleaning concept," an Electrolux spokesman was quoted as saying.

Just don't get stuck trying to reach those dust bunnies hiding under your bed.

Not-so bad ideas

  • An Australian bank has apologized for issuing a credit card to a cat after its owner decided to test the bank's identity security system.

The Bank of Queensland issued a credit card to Messiah the cat when his owner Katherine Campbell applied for a secondary card on her account under its name.

"I just couldn't believe it. People need to be aware of this and banks need to have better security," Campbell told local media on Thursday.

The bank said the cat's card had been canceled. "This should not have happened," it said in a statement.

We don't understand what all the feline fuss is about. Most certainly the bank would have noticed something was amiss when it saw repeated pet-store charges for massive amounts of catnip.

  • For the rest of this week, New Yorkers can take a taxi by the horns. Not just the honking kind, but also the kind that bulls sometime use to flip people bold enough to get on their backs.

Image: Bull taxi
Timothy A. Clary  /  AFP - Getty Images file
Cattle car: Professional Bull Riders World Champion Adriano Moraes rides on top of a New York City taxi designed to look like a bull to promote the Versus International tournament in New York this month.
Five normally yellow cabs, covered in fake brown and white cowhide and decorated with bull's horns on the roof, lined up outside Madison Square Garden this week, part of a promotion for a two-day Invitational Bull Riders event.

"It's hard to get noticed in New York," said Gavin Harvey, president of cable-TV sports channel Versus, which is backing the event. Fares will be free for anyone willing to hail a cab that looks like a cow on wheels.

No word if the taxis' exhaust will smell like their bovine counterparts'.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.


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