The surprisingly dark story of glitter
The sparkling holiday touch hides a twisted truth
There's something about glitter that feels inherently magical, be it the extra sparkle on your Christmas tree ornaments, or the way it looks when it's splashed across the bodies and tongues of young women. It's shiny and it catches your eye, but if you can squint past the sparkle you'll find that there's an inky black darkness lingering not too far behind.
There's a popular theory among psychologists that humans' love of glitter actually stems from an attraction to anything that sparkles, which is derived from our innate need for fresh water. Our appreciation of aluminum metalized polyethylene terephthalate, or glitter, is said to be a modern expression of our ancestor's delight when coming across water, except we've adapted its use for crafts, makeup, and even a phenomenon called "glitter bombing," which is an act of protest wherein activists throw glitter on politicians. Because, as everyone knows, it takes forever to get rid of glitter.
how to get glitter off ur face: a ten part documentary— lil' pound cake (@harrietmayQ) December 26, 2018
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