I've had a persistent problem with vacuuming in every place I've lived except UNL: it has a tendency to throw the circuitbreaker / fusebox. This happened in the home I grew up in, my parents' current home, my apartment two summers ago when I was an intern, and my current place. It's happened at least a couple times when I've been at other peoples' houses too. Why is this still a problem?
I don't know enough about electricity to know whether the problem really lies in the vacuums or the electrical systems, but it drives me crazy. Surely I can't be the only person who observes this. It can't help that I've got quite a bit of equipment all plugged into a couple outlets all connected to the same breaker switch; at least I've got UPSes on everything so that when I do lose power, the computer stays on and online. But, this is stupid. Whatever the problem is, someone who knows what it is should work something out. Are current homes just not set up for the kind of electrical demands we're putting on them? This apartment is the newest single residence I've lived in, at about twenty years old. Do people living in twenty-first century homes not have to deal with this crap?