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Glitter's Top Secret Project

  • čas přidán 20. 02. 2024
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    In 2018, a New York Times article set off an internet firestorm when a spokesperson from a major glitter manufacturer refused to say who their biggest client was. The hints are tantalizing, and the theories about who is buying all the glitter and what is being done with it have run rampant. Let’s look at the various theories and see if we can learn something about glitter along the way.
    Here’s the New York Times article that started it all (there is a paywall).
    And here’s the Endless Thread podcast that suspects it’s boat paint:
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    This video mentions a podcast where they claim to have solved it and the answer was boats - • Who Is The Glitter Ind...
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  • @likebutton3136
    @likebutton3136 Před 5 měsíci +1498

    I can't imagine a hell worse then working in a glitter factory. You know that stuff has to be so deeply ingrained in everything you own there is no escaping it.

    • @emilywforreal
      @emilywforreal Před 5 měsíci +139

      I wonder how sparkly their lungs are…

    • @wolf1066
      @wolf1066 Před 5 měsíci +100

      My dad worked in the milk powder plant of a dairy company and his entire car was contaminated with milk powder from his clothes and hair (with the obvious side-effect of milk contamination) - the only vehicle I've ever been in where I got "car sick" from just getting into the car, before the engine even started. Glitter's got to be just as pervasive - though fortunately probably smells better...

    • @likebutton3136
      @likebutton3136 Před 5 měsíci +48

      @@wolf1066 my god. I'd have to get a $500 burner car for sure just for work.

    • @wolf1066
      @wolf1066 Před 5 měsíci +42

      @@likebutton3136 Your $500 burner car would've cost more than dad paid for his car...

    • @BreakdancePeach
      @BreakdancePeach Před 5 měsíci +91

      You come home and sit down on the couch. Your butt was covered in glitter.
      You try to rub your eyes. There's glitter under your fingernails. Ouch.
      You accidentally cut a gash into your finger. Only glitter pours out of the wound.
      You call your spouse for help and grab their hand. They dissolve into a pile of glitter.
      You look at your children carefully, their skin has a shimmer to it. They were always made of glitter.
      You look at your whole life. Only glitter.
      You wake up. You're still in the glitter factory.

  • @timseguine2
    @timseguine2 Před 5 měsíci +181

    Even if it isn't anything nefarious I can pretty much guarantee that if they "don't want people to know it's glitter", then it is either bad for consumers, the environment, or both.

    • @seameology
      @seameology Před 3 měsíci +9


    • @alexia3552
      @alexia3552 Před 3 měsíci

      You can't get much more nefarious than damaging health and ecosystems. "Don't want people to know it's glitter" means it's something people interact with and are aware of, so it wouldn't make sense for it to be spy taggers or something you're not supposed to encounter or know of at all.

    • @garyshan7239
      @garyshan7239 Před 2 měsíci +1

      actually most of the glitter gets vaporized-and chaff is maked from AL string or streamers not glitter

    • @sirspammer
      @sirspammer Před 2 měsíci


    • @BasedRanger
      @BasedRanger Před měsícem

      I wonder if Glitter-X ever expanded out into mica based glitter? That stuff is in absolutely everything nowadays. Particularly all manner of paints and cosmetics, even processed food.
      I could imagine that they wouldn't want that being in the press, as it's my understanding that's it's still primarily being mined in third world countries.
      By children. Child slaves.
      Because they're the only ones small enough to fit into the narrow passageways of the mines.
      Which regularly collapse.
      Mica is pretty much up there with the bulk of the chocolate industry in terms of knowingly and primarily relying on child slavery to source their product.

  • @tewtravelers9586
    @tewtravelers9586 Před 5 měsíci +839

    Back in the 80s, I knew an old man who was a great fisherman. I was always asking him to tell me his secrets. He finally did. Glitter. He dipped all his baits and tackle in it. The water would be full of sparkling toxic plastic, and the fish thought it was a feeding frenzy. I never used his secret.

    • @erinaa9486
      @erinaa9486 Před 5 měsíci +128

      And then he would sell and eat those plasticy fish, and whichever he didn't, others did 😢

    • @heroslippy6666
      @heroslippy6666 Před 5 měsíci +76

      @@erinaa9486 Microplastics are in fish, especially these days. A little bit extra couldn't hurt.

    • @evilmonkeywithissues
      @evilmonkeywithissues Před 5 měsíci +28

      Mayhap we have incidentally stumbled upon the answer?

    • @rhinovirus2225
      @rhinovirus2225 Před 5 měsíci +86

      I've never considered trying that but the tiny scales of small fish when being eaten in a feeding frenzy does look exactly like a tiny glitter bomb going off. Now I gotta invent biodegradable glitter lure dip dammit.

    • @saltydinonuggies1841
      @saltydinonuggies1841 Před 5 měsíci +88

      @@rhinovirus2225biodegradable glitter already exists if that helps you. And “edible glitter” which is really just sugar

  • @penultimatosis
    @penultimatosis Před 5 měsíci +63

    I once convinced a girl in high school that glitter was an asexually reproducing organism and that’s why we couldn’t get it out of the theater stage wings.

    • @alexia3552
      @alexia3552 Před 3 měsíci +13

      This is the funniest comment on this whole video this is so out of left field lmao
      Also peak high school experience

    • @IRMacGuyver
      @IRMacGuyver Před 3 měsíci +1

      That's called the kipple effect.

    • @fortheloveoftruth6422
      @fortheloveoftruth6422 Před 2 měsíci

      This is wild! Lol😂 and wildly not the wildest thing I've ever heard 😮😂

    • @fortheloveoftruth6422
      @fortheloveoftruth6422 Před 2 měsíci

      That accidental glitter discovery seems made up... but ok 😂

  • @BoreasCastel
    @BoreasCastel Před 5 měsíci +409

    What's bizarre to me is that plastic straws and grocery bags that nearly always end up in the landfill were banned in Canada before something that nearly always ends up as litter and that practically cannot be removed from the environment.

    • @foximacentauri7891
      @foximacentauri7891 Před 5 měsíci +56

      Yeah glitter should really be banned.

    • @robertabarnhart6240
      @robertabarnhart6240 Před 5 měsíci +15

      Too many lobbyists keeping it legal.

    • @kimdracula8229
      @kimdracula8229 Před 5 měsíci +32

      ​@@robertabarnhart6240 All those damned scrapbookers

    • @ThePartarar
      @ThePartarar Před 4 měsíci +13

      When my restaurant switched to paper straws, but also switched to plastic cups.

    • @sfdntk
      @sfdntk Před 4 měsíci

      What's crazier is that a single piece of steak, just one piece, produces as much carbon pollution as an entire month worth of household plastic waste. One single piece of steak. And yet governments are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to tell you not to use straws, while subsidising the animal agriculture industries to the tune of billions and billions of dollars. Total hypocrisy.
      Oh, and that also means that anyone who pretends to care about climate change / the environment and still eats meat is nothing more than a virtue signalling hypocrite. Fact.

  • @danielgillespie7899
    @danielgillespie7899 Před 5 měsíci +82

    I think the countertops idea is probably spot on. I recall watching a video a couple of years ago about the construction of an underground train station in London. Because the station was so far underground no natural light entered it and they were concerned about it looking drab and depressing. So they mixed glitter into the concrete they used to construct the internal walls. Not so it would be sparkly but just enough so that it reflected a small amount of light and therefore didn't appear matte and drab. So I imagine that glitter is used fairly often in construction. And because of the "natural" appearance of stone countertops they probably wouldn't want people knowing there is something incredibly unnatural in them.

  • @patrickpullman8348
    @patrickpullman8348 Před 6 měsíci +1270

    During the sponsorship, I was thinking "Oh goodness, they use glitter in microwave meals." and then I was "oh, it's just the sponsorship."

    • @j.f.fisher5318
      @j.f.fisher5318 Před 6 měsíci +33

      Lolol I thought the same thing hahahaha

    • @holyhalcyone
      @holyhalcyone Před 6 měsíci +18

      that’s exactly where i thought it was leading

    • @stefanhennig
      @stefanhennig Před 6 měsíci +20

      Wouldn't that make some sense? Glitter would absorb the microwave radiation and heat up, allowing a more uniform heat distribution. But I think that carbon fibres might be working just as well while being less conspicuous.
      Maybe in the packaging, though?
      The truth is out there.

    • @bramverhees755
      @bramverhees755 Před 6 měsíci +1

      Haha same 😂

    • @FLPhotoCatcher
      @FLPhotoCatcher Před 6 měsíci +1

      I don't know if anyone will get this...
      In the past, people looked to some eagle-eyed people older than expected from today's experience with people. Why? What do the "kems" from packaging, rugs, etc do to systemic "harmones"? Is it an unintended consiquence, or not. Hopefully we can put the *toothpaste* back in the tube.

  • @vexusvexed
    @vexusvexed Před 5 měsíci +160

    If you want Earth friendly alternatives to Glitter:
    1. Mica Powder, as mentioned in the video. Mica is naturally occurring, and they add pigments to give them bold, beautiful colors. Mica is most commonly used in Makeup, so it's body safe as well. There are plenty of sustainably and ethically sourced mica products.
    2. Eucalyptus Pulp Fibers. BioGlitz, one of the upcomming biodegradable glitter manufacturers, uses exclusively Eucalyptus Pulp Fibers to create their shine. Like Mica, they add pigments for color. BioGlitz is also ethically AND sustainably sourced, + they're accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council. FDA approved and GMO absent. BioGlitz is not the only biodegradable eucalyptus manufacturer though, check out your options!!
    Keep in mind though: Make sure the product is ethically and sustainably sourced before you can confidently call it Eco-Friendly. While these are better alternatives to plastic and aluminum glitter, Mica is not naturally renewable and Eucalyptus takes 6 to 8 years to fully grow into a viable tree for pulp fiber extraction. Use your biodegradable glitter with pride, but still be wise with it like you would regular glitter. Do your research and find out what works for you lovelies.

    • @westzed23
      @westzed23 Před 4 měsíci +4

      I knew about mica being used for glitter but not about the eucalyptus pulp fibers.

    • @mpk6664
      @mpk6664 Před 4 měsíci +6

      Mica is also quite bad for you to breathe. Mica powder sounds horrendous.

    • @westzed23
      @westzed23 Před 4 měsíci +1

      @@mpk6664 That is good to know. I was looking at using earth friendly products rather than plastic. I have asthma problems so I'll watch out for this.

    • @beautybychiara02
      @beautybychiara02 Před 4 měsíci +12

      i’m pretty sure mica has a huge issue with child labor so that one wouldn’t be better

    • @user-eu4dg2mn3f
      @user-eu4dg2mn3f Před 3 měsíci

      The comment i was ACTUALLY looking for ! Thank you ❤

  • @jodirauth8847
    @jodirauth8847 Před 5 měsíci +32

    Several years ago I was making my new granddaughter a fuzzy blanket. Hello Kitty with pink and white snuggly soft micro fleece. If you have ever cut this super sparkling microfleece you know a super fine dust is created as your cutting it into the size you need. I was recovering from my 5th surgery that year and I was convalescening in bed while I cut my fabric pieces, happy as I could be and it was really cold outside so i was snuggled with my dogs and my project. Where it gets very funny is that my husband is a detective Sargent in a law enforcement agency. He worked night that year. He leaned in to kiss me goodbye and glittery sparkly dust stuck to him like mosquitoes drawing blood. Well he got to work and it was very clearly seen all over his clothing under UV light. He lit up like Christmas tree. The laughter I heard over the phone as he told me over the phone what happened , i could hardly hear him speaking because his brothers in blue were laughing so hard.

    • @OlOleander
      @OlOleander Před 2 měsíci

      Aww, that's cute. You know what's crazy? Up to 40% of police personnel have uniforms and equipment contaminated by glitter. Look it up yourself! Google "40% cops"

  • @maighaleb786
    @maighaleb786 Před 5 měsíci +24

    I remember the day I found out that there was such a job as a “forensic glitterologist.” It was on an older episode of forensic files. Homes boy had every single size, shape, color, etc. of glitter basically ever, and his job was to like ide tidy glitter found at crime scenes. I was dying I was like this man is my spirit animal.

    • @goldman77700
      @goldman77700 Před 2 měsíci

      Forensic files was a such great show. Binged the show awhile back and was instantly hooked like watching Unsolved Mysteries.

  • @MarkParkTech
    @MarkParkTech Před 5 měsíci +87

    The chaff I knew about, the quartz countertops, that sounds plausible, and I hadn't considered it. Plus, countertop makers really wouldn't want to hype that they weren't using 100% stone for your countertops. The reflective paint and road signs I know is not glitter, it's made of retroreflective materials produced by 3M - and their patent hasn't expired yet. It's basically glass beads for the road paint. They use something else for the signs but it's not glitter.

    • @mikes-wv3em
      @mikes-wv3em Před 3 měsíci +1

      and people are getting sick from cutting and working with its dust

    • @alexia3552
      @alexia3552 Před 3 měsíci

      Faux "authentic" materials, that would seriously cut into your bottom line if people found out you were lying to them

    • @davidconner-shover51
      @davidconner-shover51 Před 3 měsíci

      Signs are similar to glitter, at least in the forming process but is rows upon rows of cube corners

  • @theinconsistentgamer1402
    @theinconsistentgamer1402 Před 5 měsíci +63

    Never in my life did i think I'd be this invested in a glitter mystery. Great video! Earned a sub for sure.

  • @johnransom1146
    @johnransom1146 Před 6 měsíci +2979

    I taught at a children’s museum. We called glitter “craft herpes “. Because you can’t get rid of all of it. Later in life I repaired paint jobs at a GM plant. Metallic flake paints were the hardest to repair. Glitter minus the plastic was the flake. I’m retired now and living in Nova Scotia. Mica is everywhere here. The beach, in gravel. Environmental artists use mica flakes instead of glitter. I know some potters that do. Get rid of the stuff. It’s just bad news.

    • @DemoDick1
      @DemoDick1 Před 6 měsíci +91

      My daughter once rolled BJJ with a small amount of residual glitter in her hair.
      It was on the mat for weeks. You CAN’T get it all.

    • @inguss27i
      @inguss27i Před 6 měsíci +3


    • @Rizko505
      @Rizko505 Před 6 měsíci +69

      *pulls out a small pile of glitter from behind your ear* 🙁 you are right

    • @frittfoxx3488
      @frittfoxx3488 Před 6 měsíci +69

      I am certain I have glitter in my hair STILL from kindergarten craft time. I am now 30 XD

    • @JossCard42
      @JossCard42 Před 6 měsíci +60

      My grandpa lived near Coos Bay, Oregon and he had a hobby of collecting interesting trash that washed ashore (My favorite was his collection of old glass floaters that broke away from fishing nets and buoys and floated over from Japan). There's actually a small art industry in the area making art from the plastics and debris that wash up on the beach.

  • @lemondroid
    @lemondroid Před 5 měsíci +33

    My best guess is the biggest customer of GlitterX is the US Military, not only chaft and stuff like that, but also as far as I am aware certain types of glitter can be used in automotive paints like mentioned; for stealth reasons like stealth planes and jets, when painted with certain secret formulas and techniques the paints refract light, radar and etc making the planes, jets, submarines or etc harder to detect or invisible to radar in general.
    I remember hearing about this first in some documentary that was discussing the stealth fighter plane (the black triangle looking one) developed in Area 51 before it got too well-known as a centre for conspiracies. In the documentary they mentioned using a specially designed secret paint that when used not only refracted light in a certain way to achieve the goal of stealth but also it was noted it was designed to increase the surface area drastically by adding micro triangles across the area to stop the radar waves instead of reflecting them back, if I remember correctly it was so the waves would bounce into the triangles and instead of being able to bounce back out they would just bounce back and forth between the triangles until they lost all of there potential energy.

    • @boopr
      @boopr Před 5 měsíci +1

      I agree with your theory, i have done research into different effects you can get from automotive glitter paint and some sources talk about using very thin layers and up to 50 coats to achieve the desired color shifting effects. Yknow like those pearlescent colored cars that look dark green from one angle but have an orange reflection from another angle. Theres no telling what other effects could be achieved if you used more coats or different sized particles. The only hole i can think of in the theory is how many planes does the us military have in their fleet? Does it really take more glitter to paint these aircraft then any other client would use? Perhaps they are the biggest client because they use glitter for a multitude of things.

    • @Demi.d3mi
      @Demi.d3mi Před 5 měsíci +3

      Thats exactly what i was thinking

    • @ARUSApacecarHAMPTON
      @ARUSApacecarHAMPTON Před 4 měsíci

      It’s most logical explanation. The military uses almost every type of product known to mankind.

    • @alyssalauren8088
      @alyssalauren8088 Před 4 měsíci

      I agree I think you’re right

    • @FR-tb7xh
      @FR-tb7xh Před 4 měsíci +1

      Actually, glitter makes every surface reflect, not absorb! That’s why it’s good to be chaff - chaff clouds redirect attention from the actual threat, challenging ‘traditional’ discrimination techniques.

  • @tcsam73
    @tcsam73 Před 2 měsíci +4

    I used to be a custodian that had, among my other duties, to clean some children's classrooms. I always dreaded when they would use glitter. It never failed, I would be finding glitter everywhere for weeks after cleaning glitter from the kids classrooms. One time I finished up the night covered in glitter. My coworkers laughed their asses off, and I started to describe it as looking like I was mauled by a stripper.

  • @coalcreekdefense8106
    @coalcreekdefense8106 Před 4 měsíci +39

    I asked an AI chatbot about this on a lark, and its answer was the cosmetics industry. It made absolute sense to me. Small enough glitter would give a luster without being discernable as glitter, and it would definitely benefit companies to keep it a secret. It has the same problem as toothpaste, being that it would be illegal, so it's pretty shaky.

    • @readmydescription5533
      @readmydescription5533 Před 4 měsíci

      Thats not a secret everyone knows that. It has to do with military
      I just watched a documentary on glitter called "the end lf glitter conspiracy" by CHUPPL
      Can't believe they risked their lives to collect data from the sites

    • @Ja_Mes
      @Ja_Mes Před 3 měsíci +2

      Or food

    • @alexia3552
      @alexia3552 Před 3 měsíci

      I mean, there's ways to launder your paperwork I'm sure. If nobody tells then who can get in trouble? :) It's only illegal if you get caught.

    • @lamb9642
      @lamb9642 Před 2 měsíci +3

      yes but it's not really shocking or aorld moving, it's basically nothing new

  • @MaidMirawyn
    @MaidMirawyn Před 5 měsíci +203

    I just bought some little pots of body glitter at Dragon Con that isn’t plastic-it’s eucalyptus fiber!
    So far I love Uniglitter’s “bio glitter.” There are far fewer color options, of course, but it feels good on your skin and looks good!

    • @d_lynn421
      @d_lynn421 Před 5 měsíci +3

      Random, but I was at DragonCon too!

    • @MaidMirawyn
      @MaidMirawyn Před 5 měsíci

      @@d_lynn421 Wishing you all the best in post-Con recovery! I’m definitely still operating at a sleep deficit.

    • @bloodleader5
      @bloodleader5 Před 5 měsíci +7

      Man, you don't just casually tell people you went to a sex fetish convention.

    • @penguinfromtheholy
      @penguinfromtheholy Před 5 měsíci +17

      ​@@bloodleader5Well, YOU don't 😅

    • @1978garfield
      @1978garfield Před 5 měsíci

      Hey, they admitted to being a stripper so why not own up to attending a sex fetish convention.
      Isn't discussing body glitter the same as saying "I am a stripper"?

  • @Davethreshold
    @Davethreshold Před 5 měsíci +45

    My theory: Her being so secretive about it has a few thousand people talking about it and the company that she works for! Unexpectedly GREAT video Joe!

    • @elgorrion52
      @elgorrion52 Před 5 měsíci +4

      it's for painting McGuffins

    • @skuzzyj
      @skuzzyj Před 4 měsíci

      My mind went straight to bass boats

  • @budove58
    @budove58 Před 6 měsíci +422

    So, I was in the flooring industry for 20 years and I have been involved in filing claims against product manufacturers for failures several times. I can tell you with 100% certainty that all adhesive manufacturers add glitter to their products so they can positively identify which product was used. Each product has a different glitter composition so that under a microscope it would be easy to identify who was the manufacturer and to ensure the recommended adhesive was used for the application. If you think about the amount of adhesives used I could easily see 500 tons of glitter being used for this purpose.

    • @arenomusic
      @arenomusic Před 6 měsíci +20

      Are adhesive manufacturers assigned a glitter code, like an ID? This one gets aluminum on purple plastic, this one gets zinc on orange, etc?

    • @FLPhotoCatcher
      @FLPhotoCatcher Před 6 měsíci +4

      I don't think you could *see* that though.

    • @leland818
      @leland818 Před 6 měsíci +23

      @@arenomusic/ more or less. The manufacturer will have custom unique blends for each customer, and for each use case the customer needs which can be positively identified as a DNA like ingredient

    • @faroncobb6040
      @faroncobb6040 Před 6 měsíci +13

      There are two problems with this theory. First is that it isn't even a little bit secret that the adhesives are tagged, the manufacturers want you to know that they will be able to tell if you used the right one or not. And second, the amount of glitter in a pail of glue is really small, I really can't see them using nearly as much as automotive paint.

    • @everettputerbaugh3996
      @everettputerbaugh3996 Před 6 měsíci +2

      @@FLPhotoCatcher ...In the can or on the floor while wet, maybe.

  • @CammyWammy0313
    @CammyWammy0313 Před 5 měsíci +22

    I’ve been anxiously waiting for more videos like this to pop up ever since CHUPPL covered it because the story is just so interesting to me. Thanks for adding in

  • @antonnym214
    @antonnym214 Před 5 měsíci +24

    Something like glitter is used in various explosive compounds so purchases can be tracked in the event of a crime. Also, I suspect that cosmetics is one place it is used where possibly they wouldn't want you to know. There are eye shadow and lipstick formulations that sparkle like that.

    • @1esk192
      @1esk192 Před 5 měsíci +2

      They use mica in cosmetics

    • @johndododoe1411
      @johndododoe1411 Před 5 měsíci +6

      Glitter cosmetics is heavily marketed as such . I happen to know that the Holo Taco nail polish from New Jersey is very vocal about the different glitters they use .

    • @hilbillie
      @hilbillie Před 4 měsíci +1

      ​@@johndododoe1411I think she meant a micro glitter... such small particles that you really can't see them individually

    • @GizzyDillespee
      @GizzyDillespee Před 4 měsíci

      People stick botox in their face even though it literally comes from botch-you-ism. Call the microglitter "nanoglitter", and it's a cosmetics selling point, not something you'd keep secret.

  • @EonWhite
    @EonWhite Před 5 měsíci +6

    I hate glitter, and I hate companies who are keeping secrets even more! It’s almost always bad for people or the environment when they do!

  • @technoman53
    @technoman53 Před 5 měsíci +9

    Chaff is made of fibers the same length as the radar’s frequency wavelength so they act like antennas, so glitter itself wouldn’t be particularly useful but a glitter company would definitely be set up to easily make it. Another defense application could be radar scattering/absorbing paint for aircraft. My personal theory though would be the reflective anti counterfitting dyes used on money and passports. The US mint would need vast quantities and would like to keep it secret.

    • @billymanilli
      @billymanilli Před 5 měsíci +2

      They use OVI on the bills... not glitter

    • @hellomrsjacobsen
      @hellomrsjacobsen Před 4 měsíci

      ​@@billymanilliI think they're talking about the shiny security thread/strip in bills that are $5 and higher.

  • @sarakajira
    @sarakajira Před 4 měsíci +13

    The Endless Thread podcast did a deep dive on this and called tons of representatives in tons of industries, and basically figured out that it's boat paint that is the biggest customer. That one boat paint manufacturer that made coatings for bass boats were buying 10, 30 gallon drums of glitter a week. And that was just one company. Across the industry it'd be thousands of barrels a year.

    • @turdle837
      @turdle837 Před 3 měsíci

      Yes! I have no idea what podcast youre talking about, but I also heard this story somewhere!

  • @grovermatic
    @grovermatic Před 6 měsíci +107

    Tell any car bro that you like the glitter on their car, and you will instantly get sharply corrected _"It's called FLAKE!"_

    • @bzuidgeest
      @bzuidgeest Před 6 měsíci +9

      Yes snowflakes😂, on and in the car

    • @martins.4240
      @martins.4240 Před 6 měsíci +17

      "It's not a doll, mom, it's an action figure!"

    • @alfarkle
      @alfarkle Před 6 měsíci +5

      Oh God I am going to say this to so many people I know just to get them going 😂😂

    • @ahleena
      @ahleena Před 6 měsíci +2

      Yeah flake is flake. Flake is big and looks like glitter. But the "metallic" paints are also just a finer glitter added to the paint. My current vehicle I would swear is a base coat/cream coat, but if you look close you can find the occasional glitter sparkle in there. Maybe 10 sparkles per inch. You can even see it if you aren't looking under a magnifier. Why would they add it if you can't see it?

    • @MarcoTedaldi
      @MarcoTedaldi Před 6 měsíci +3

      "your paint flakes? Must be a pretty bad paint job!"

  • @hansg5875
    @hansg5875 Před 5 měsíci +9

    My though was stealth aircraft paint. It absorbs radar by bouncing it around inside the paint until a lot of its energy is absorbed. The chaff thought is what got me on this track. That would explain the secrecy if they had classified areas in the factory.

    • @Hyxtryx
      @Hyxtryx Před 5 měsíci +1

      The radio waves used for radar have a much longer wavelength than light. I don't think glitter is big enough to bounce it around inside the paint. And if that did work, how would you make sure it didn't bounce some right back to the radar antenna?

  • @Isaac862
    @Isaac862 Před 5 měsíci +7

    The secrecy really had me leaning toward it being something you put in your body, I.e. food drink or toothpaste, but the countertop theory is really good.

  • @sylviahoffman9440
    @sylviahoffman9440 Před 5 měsíci +5

    When I was a kid in the 1960s, my mother told me it was pieces of glass (I cringe when I see eye shadow with glitter). I don't know if that was true, but I still never get it near my face. 😊

  • @caspenbee
    @caspenbee Před 5 měsíci +41

    As a kid I toured an IBM vinyl manufacturing facility and they were extremely secretive; wouldn't tell us who ANY of their clients were. I think that's just how manufacturers are -- maybe they don't want competitors offering their clients a deal to switch factories, or they don't want to be liable for any manufacturing errors. DoD does make the most sense to me though -- I could see not naming an actual client company if it was countertops, but she could have named the industry as a whole pretty safely.

    • @Suhdudeyah
      @Suhdudeyah Před 4 měsíci

      IBM is one of our largest defense contractors. That’s why. Nuclear Missile Defense and Super Computing/Radar.

    • @HenryLoenwind
      @HenryLoenwind Před 3 měsíci

      @@SuhdudeyahIt's not just that. I worked at IBM for over twenty years, and it was always a big thing when a customer had agreed to be listed as a reference customer.

  • @Nicoya
    @Nicoya Před 5 měsíci +2

    Mountain bike tubeless tire sealant uses glitter as one of the main components to help clog up punctures. Most people are unaware of this, and the material is usually dressed up in all sorts of fancy marketing terms rather than "we put glitter in there".

  • @toddjohnson5692
    @toddjohnson5692 Před 5 měsíci +1307

    The most plausible explanation I can think of for the spokesperson not wanting to reveal their biggest customer is they don't want to give that away to their competitors.

    • @lukebaehr3851
      @lukebaehr3851 Před 5 měsíci +26


    • @wtfwhereami3263
      @wtfwhereami3263 Před 5 měsíci +80

      @@lukebaehr3851automotive industry. It’s the major part of car paint.

    • @gmotdot
      @gmotdot Před 5 měsíci +29

      It wasn’t a customer, it was their biggest industry.

    • @vape42
      @vape42 Před 5 měsíci +23

      @@gmotdot yes but that information could be used by competitors.

    • @SongSteel
      @SongSteel Před 5 měsíci +29

      ​@@wtfwhereami3263While it is used in car paint, it turns out that it's not the main consumer of glitter. The main buyer of glitter is the government.

  • @auzzygirl8175
    @auzzygirl8175 Před 5 měsíci +1

    I don't recall where I heard this but it was that the biggest market for glitter was automotive paint, which is used for more than cars, think airplains, trucks, boats, military vehicles etc.
    Maintaining an air of mystery helps to keep the product high in the public conciousness and the topic of conversation which can sometimes helps sales.

    • @GizzyDillespee
      @GizzyDillespee Před 4 měsíci +1

      Also road and signage paint, tho that sometimes uses tiny glass beads, believe it or not.

  • @abcde_fz
    @abcde_fz Před 5 měsíci +4

    I haven't watched the video very far, so I'm going to throw out MY first guess, and I notice in the comments other people mentioning my idea. The metal flake paint used on some cars that look just beautiful in all kinds of light. You can certainly see the super-tiny bits under the clearcoat of cars. The tiniest flakes you could make that reflect light really well, smaller than ANY glitter I've ever seen at an art/craft store.

  • @katiekawaii
    @katiekawaii Před 5 měsíci +41

    My favorite theory is resort beach sand. Look how much prettier the sand at resorts is than the sand at most public beaches. And that would mean they were for sure washing glitter into the ocean, which I doubt they'd want people to know about.
    (But the quartz theory does feel pretty legit.)

  • @konrad7492
    @konrad7492 Před 5 měsíci +1

    The quartz tops theory makes a lot of sense, spreading the knowledge of the fact that the shimmering effect is just glitter could kill the trend, but i am not convinced as to that being the biggest client they have

  • @rykloog9578
    @rykloog9578 Před 4 měsíci +3

    I can imagine she also might not want to reveal Gliterex’s biggest customer out of fear for a competitor poaching their marketshare.

  • @poursperfectpints
    @poursperfectpints Před 6 měsíci +217

    The military rumor has been flying around the tabletop gaming world for ages. Metallic model paints, which use glitter, end up with a shortage every time there's a new conflict. Even the lack of components for making white metal causing gaming companies to switch to resin and plastic right after the invasion of Iraq. I'd always heard the story that every X number of years, our stealth fighters needed to be repainted using paint with glitter, but chaff makes just as much sense. Side note, the invasion of Ukraine caused an immediate glitter shortage for model paints. Large companies like Games Workshop were out for months.

    • @lunacouer
      @lunacouer Před 6 měsíci +10

      Huh...that's an interesting connection. Now I'm latched on to this being what it is. I wonder what happened to craft glitter during each invasion?

    • @scottcarter6623
      @scottcarter6623 Před 6 měsíci +12

      And they not wanting people to know could be just that the military is oversensitive about the glitter jokes and associations.

    • @firstendo
      @firstendo Před 6 měsíci +1

      Makes sense

    • @poursperfectpints
      @poursperfectpints Před 6 měsíci +2

      @@lunacouer I've never looked into it. And again, it's all rumor and conjecture. But one would also have to factor in whether or not smaller model paint manufacturers are further down the pecking order compared to gigantic craft companies selling standard glitter. I'm not sure if they'd correlate.

    • @naiknaik8812
      @naiknaik8812 Před 6 měsíci +3

      thats so interesting lol

  • @TheMidtownPookiee
    @TheMidtownPookiee Před 21 dnem


  • @JazzyJae88
    @JazzyJae88 Před 5 měsíci +1

    As a serious crafter, I was always wondering the same thing. Especially since we have these content creators on YT and they all have their own line of glitter. Different colors, shapes, sizes.

  • @lostsock9852
    @lostsock9852 Před 3 měsíci +1

    As my daughters were growing up, I made one major discovery: a little glitter goes a long way!

  • @haddow777
    @haddow777 Před 5 měsíci +3

    My first guess would be the reflective paint they use on roads for lines and crosswqlks and various symbols. That would be a massive amount and I could see the government not wanting a light shone on it due to how much of it wears off and flows into rivers and oceans every year.

  • @qassimmembery3870
    @qassimmembery3870 Před 5 měsíci +1

    Joe, I love you, never stop doing what your doing, I'm proud to say I've been with you since your hair line was two centimeters lower on the screen! Go metric!

  • @Erin-Thor
    @Erin-Thor Před 6 měsíci +423

    All I know is that many years I let a neighbor use my house for a baby shower. Now… over a decade later I am STILL finding glitter in plants, shoe bottoms, everywhere. You can’t get it out, ever, I swear the little glitter things are alive and breed. 😊

    • @michaelpipkin9942
      @michaelpipkin9942 Před 6 měsíci +9

      Where's the door to door vacuum salesmen when you need em???
      Or, just burn it down. Please don't......haha

    • @candlestyx8517
      @candlestyx8517 Před 6 měsíci +6

      tinsel is the same way, and party confetti.

    • @Erin-Thor
      @Erin-Thor Před 6 měsíci

      @@candlestyx8517 - Ahh Party confetti! 🤣👍🏼

    • @Erin-Thor
      @Erin-Thor Před 6 měsíci

      @@michaelpipkin9942 - I have a good vacuum, LOL! AND I use it often!

    • @sunshine3914
      @sunshine3914 Před 6 měsíci

      @@candlestyx8517Not even close. I clean party venues, the confetti & tinsel you can get in one cleaning. But glitter & shimmers… the lounge will never be free of.

  • @miscbits6399
    @miscbits6399 Před 5 měsíci +1

    My first thought when you said "secret customer" was the US military using it as radar chaff. (I knew about the automotive use already)
    It's entirely possible that Glitterx is supplying the official chaff suppliers who are repackaging it as milspec material (this isn't exactly something new)
    Solid rocket fuel is a non-starter. _Everything_ associated with shuttle SRBs, etc is well documented
    500 tons is a drop in the ocean, so are the craft usages (like countertops). The largest market would be the paint industry, Just one specialist aftermarket automotive supplier near me sells that much flake additive each year
    WRT "restricted areas", fine hydrocarbon dust is explosive and dispersed aluminium powder can be worse once lit. You get lots of such areas in places like flour mills for safety reasons

    • @billymanilli
      @billymanilli Před 5 měsíci +1

      I've been in and out the automotive refinishing industry for 30+ years. Metal Flake that is used in automotive paint is NOT the same thing as glitter. Main reason is, the solvents that are used in the paint would melt the plastic polymers and destroy the glitter. It doesn't have any type of U/V protection at all, either and would be damaged by the sun in a short period of time.

  • @laserfloyd
    @laserfloyd Před 5 měsíci +2

    Regarding the rocket motors that's not entirely out of the question. A company I worked for hauled solid rocket motors for the Delta rockets. They were shipped, by road, across the country. The DOD spent a lot of time and money making sure no one knew too much. In fact, I had to get clearance to be able to go anywhere near the vehicle and the housing. I never did get very close to them sadly, so the clearance was wasted but hey, they paid for it, lol. Regardless, they were ultra-tight lipped about everything.

  • @jdsmith5060
    @jdsmith5060 Před 4 měsíci +3

    It's called dusting , a tracking system! Used in highly sensitive indoor areas to track personnel location.
    The sad part about the glitter industry is the fact that the glitter can get into your tissues and cause cancer😮

  • @valkyrie321
    @valkyrie321 Před 5 měsíci +1

    It’s probably something like chaff, a decoy used in vehicles such as planes to confuse radars systems. Pretty much everything around electronic countermeasures is highly classified.
    Targeting systems for radar guided missiles use short wavelength signals, so the size of the “glitter” is likely a little less important than the amount you put out. Get enough out there, and it reflects. I won’t go into further details, however, for a variety of reasons. I will say this stuff is highly classified for a reason.
    Edit: Funny, I didn’t realize you talked about this until the end. Great video. Glad to hear we’re on the same page. ;)

  • @erinnorris
    @erinnorris Před 4 měsíci

    i literallyl have not stopped thinking about this article since I read it

  • @GutoPiai
    @GutoPiai Před 6 měsíci +139

    In Brazil, in the week after the carnival, when everyone is back to their boring lives, and at work, in a multinational company, for that stressful budget meeting, the president of the company is raging complaints all around, but then in that moment, that sweet moment, you see some glitter shining somewhere around his face and you remember: he is also just a human being.
    And no matter how many showers you take after the carnival. The glitter is now part of you, in a symbiotic relationship, to remind you, during many days to come, about those mistakes you want to forget

    • @denisdrozdoff2926
      @denisdrozdoff2926 Před 6 měsíci +7

      An oratory trick my mum taught me. If you are to speak in front of "important people" and it makes you anxious just remind yourself: each and every one of them woke up, brushed their teeth and groggily shuffled into their kitchen then set a pot of coffee before frying some eggs. Probably in their PJs or underwear.

    • @Mr.Anders0n_
      @Mr.Anders0n_ Před 6 měsíci +5

      ​@@denisdrozdoff2926wouldn't work on me! I don't have breakfast, drink anything, or brush my teeth in the morning 😏

    • @mason4354
      @mason4354 Před 6 měsíci +5

      ​@@Mr.Anders0n_facts. I was already awake, alert and ready for anything. Who sleeps?

    • @Mr.Anders0n_
      @Mr.Anders0n_ Před 6 měsíci +5

      @@mason4354 i don't sleep. I close my eyes and flow into alternate dimensions and universes. I spend the night roaming those strange lands and encountering different versions of me among other colourful characters... Who would willingly want to miss out on this?

    • @nickfifteen
      @nickfifteen Před 6 měsíci +7

      I just remember elementary school and all the girls had glitter in their hairline. I always thought that was such a crazy thing that girls did, and I remember spending all afternoon trying to figure out how to remove glitter from someone's hairline (Dunk head under water and then agitate their scalp? Lice comb? Straight-up shaving their head and starting over??)

  • @DemetrioSahaquiel
    @DemetrioSahaquiel Před 5 měsíci +1

    Your videos are just marvelous, so, so good and perfect-truly, utterly (almost) perfect! If you would just please bring back that ‘entertaining’ music, it would be the pinnacle of perfection! 🎶🙃

  • @bradleyhollander6682
    @bradleyhollander6682 Před 5 měsíci

    I have genuinely been waiting patiently for you to cover this 😂

  • @SidheTendencies
    @SidheTendencies Před 4 měsíci

    I swear when you went into your ad, I first thought it was a funny foreshadowing that it would be in premade freezer foods 😅

  • @barbawillow8904
    @barbawillow8904 Před 5 měsíci +1

    The "polymer" mentioned on countertops theory isn't glitter, it's the resins (epoxy type I guess) used to glue the materials to made the final product.

  • @bravotwozero535
    @bravotwozero535 Před 4 měsíci +1

    I didn’t know taggants were glitter. I knew a guy that gathered counterfeiting data for interpol and he said microtaggants are everywhere you want to track the origins of a product. He mentioned perfume as an example but indicated they were in almost everything of value.

  • @miguelsuarez-solis5027
    @miguelsuarez-solis5027 Před 6 měsíci +921

    I used to work for this a makeup company. They had this ugly Grey powder that was literal diamond powder worth about 5k per kilo. It was used so a company could legally say they use diamonds in their products. What did they use to make it LOOK like shimmery diamonds? Glitter
    So I totally believe the quartz theory

    • @CODDE117
      @CODDE117 Před 6 měsíci +32

      The quartz theory has a lot going for it

    • @FLPhotoCatcher
      @FLPhotoCatcher Před 6 měsíci +49

      Microplastics are everywhere. We should not be making more. I'm guessing it ends up in food and toothpaste. That would not be something we would expect, and definitely not be something they would want us to know.

    • @ericalbers4867
      @ericalbers4867 Před 6 měsíci +36

      "diamond powder"
      So literally just carbon powder.. graphite powder.. ground up pencils. People with too much money on their hands are supremely gullible and stupid. At least when it comes to expensive stuff.

    • @squirlmy
      @squirlmy Před 6 měsíci +100

      @@ericalbers4867 No! diamond powder is not graphite. Small diamonds are actually easy to manufacture, and if cartels didn't control the supply in South Africa, natural diamonds would be very cheap, they're so plentiful. So it's not people with "too much money", it's all of us who put a diamond ring on our spouse's fingers, who are the suckers. Stop looking your nose down any other group of people and start questioning what you do that is gullible and stupid.

    • @kitefan1
      @kitefan1 Před 6 měsíci +34

      @@squirlmy industrial grade diamonds for saw blades and such are not pretty.

  • @silver_the_rowlet2521
    @silver_the_rowlet2521 Před 5 měsíci +1

    One of my theories was that it was being used in fast food restaurants as an additive in salt for fries, as a way to reduce the amount of sodium but still look yummy to eat

  • @GunnarClovis
    @GunnarClovis Před 4 měsíci +1

    The tile/countertop theory and the chaff/military theory both seem so incredibly logical and plausible to me that I kinda believe both simultaneously as answers. The others I'm more iffy on or don't buy

  • @andrewrife6253
    @andrewrife6253 Před 4 měsíci +1

    I woukd expand to use in transportation. Think of high visibility paint, decals, and paving materials used to make the reflective stripes on the road, reflective roadsigns, traffic cones, high visibility striping on emergency vehicles, etc. We could be literally saving lives by using glitter to make stuff easier to see. The granite countertop/building material suggestion is a good one. I think they have their sparkly hands in a ton of industries.

  • @landofbosses7844
    @landofbosses7844 Před 5 měsíci +1

    A secret use for glitter could be in security or forensics. Tiny glitter particles could potentially be used as a hidden or invisible marker to track objects or individuals discreetly. When exposed to certain light sources, such as UV or infrared, the glitter could become visible, revealing the hidden information. This is just one imaginative possibility, and there may be other secret applications for glitter that haven't been widely disclosed.

  • @Ammo08
    @Ammo08 Před 3 měsíci

    We went through a lot of chaff when I was in the Air Force. Theoretically, if the enemy could get ahold of some of the chaff in the factory, they could figure out which wave lengths are blocked and go around that.

  • @hectorsmommy1717
    @hectorsmommy1717 Před 6 měsíci +727

    About 20 years ago I saw a segment on some show about Nielsen-Massey (the vanilla extract company). They were showing the process and when asked were very cagey about what happens to the seeds after all the flavor is extracted. Someone researched and it turns out their biggest customer for that was Breyers. Their Vanilla Bean ice cream is made with extract for flavor and the flavorless seeds we all see are thrown in for looks and to make people believe they are getting something special.

    • @RobinTheBot
      @RobinTheBot Před 5 měsíci +120

      I'm not mad about it. Good way to use what would otherwise be waste, harmless, and it made for a unique selling point. That's fine.

    • @13donstalos
      @13donstalos Před 5 měsíci +2


    • @lourias
      @lourias Před 5 měsíci +41

      Yep, I did a self- blind taste challenge years ago. Braums, Beyers, and Blue Bell.
      Breyers was the most TASTELESS! Blue Bell was the BEST!!!! Each brand was labeled as the same flavor.
      Oh, yes, it was a blind test because somebody assisted me. A blindfold was used, they scooped up a small amount, and my mouth was rinsed after each taste.

    • @hectorsmommy1717
      @hectorsmommy1717 Před 5 měsíci +20

      @@lourias I am spoiled because I grew up and still live in the land of frozen custard. Ice cream just doesn't do it.

    • @niiii_niiii
      @niiii_niiii Před 5 měsíci +6

      ​@@hectorsmommy1717frozen custard????🤤🤤🤤🤤🤤🤤🤤

  • @bobbie9066
    @bobbie9066 Před 5 měsíci +1

    Oh man. I really hope it's used as chaff, even if it's a small percentage of it. I hate the idea of sprinkling microplastics all over the world, but I love the idea of jet sending out puffs of glitter behind them

  • @rizuzechocolate
    @rizuzechocolate Před 5 měsíci +1

    I was trying to come up with something after watching this video and the only thing that came to mind was concrete. It's the most used building material. The aggregates are usually rock, sand, or gravel. Maybe what they don't want us to know is that they're also adding plastics to concrete 😆

  • @B0BBYL33J0RD4N
    @B0BBYL33J0RD4N Před 5 měsíci +11

    My money is on 'it isn't a secret, their biggest customer just doesn't want their name associated with anyone or anything else'. When they were asked who it was, the responded just gave a 'it's top secret' as a joke.
    If I had to guess, it's probably some other glitter company that has some obscure patent that they are lending to GlitterX, GlitterX makes it and sells it to that company at a markup, and that company marks it up again for their bottom line. The other company doesn't want 1- to be associated, and 2- to have another investigative avenue to latch on to.

    • @alexia3552
      @alexia3552 Před 3 měsíci +1

      This is a very clever answer. I'm leaning on this or something very like it being the answer because real life is more often banal than titillating.

  • @AlanBeckett
    @AlanBeckett Před 5 měsíci

    I agree with your assessment. Chaff is made to a specific size to confuse specific frequencies. I would imagine the size/wavelength would be classified.

  • @cRaZyGiRlGoNeMaD
    @cRaZyGiRlGoNeMaD Před 4 měsíci +2

    my theory has always been shampoo etc., maybe that's not that surprising of an industry, but i've always noticed that weird super fine shimmer in various shampoo brands wondering what exactly it was. Could be a very subtle effect that makes your hair look much shinier and healthier somehow that you can't quite place, that is cheap for them. Certainly now with concerns over microplastics in our bodies and the environment, they wouldn't want people to know, but the legislation mentioned in the toothpaste argument should eliminate that theory

  • @timramich
    @timramich Před 5 měsíci +640

    I have another theory. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing. For the glittery anti-counterfeit marks and holograms (iridescence) they put on money. I'd imagine that if those things are made slightly wrong, it could be easily spotted by the Secret Service. They could be the biggest customer not in terms of weight, but perhaps in terms of cost, because of difficulty to manufacture and strict tolerances.

    • @reefer-joe
      @reefer-joe Před 5 měsíci +73

      This make a lot of sense. 🤔The *US Treasury* could have a contract to have a secret glitter formulated exclusively for their use. They would not want anyone to know the formula to thwart counterfeiters, and the contract would specify that not only the formula but themselves as well must remain a secret. 🤫

    • @s3quattro10
      @s3quattro10 Před 5 měsíci +32

      This is what I was going to comment..some kind of passport or cash security feature, it’s the only thing I can think of that they would want to keep quiet.

    • @davefancella
      @davefancella Před 5 měsíci +7

      This is pretty plausible

    • @Admiralty86
      @Admiralty86 Před 5 měsíci +3

      Wow, great idea!

    • @s3quattro10
      @s3quattro10 Před 5 měsíci +10

      @@Admiralty86 the other side of my brain says that if it was for something so critical the US gov would have their own glitter factory….or the firm would never be allowed to tell people there is a big important customer they can’t tell you about if it was for this purpose 🤷🏻‍♂️😂

  • @hambeastdelicioso1600
    @hambeastdelicioso1600 Před 3 měsíci

    I worked in telecommunications in the US military back in the 80s so I knew about chaff, it was my first guess. But we also referred to the punch out from the teletype machine as chaff, too. It consisted of tiny circles about 1mm in diameter and would stick on and in stuff just as effectively as glitter but without the reflective qualities so I doubt anyone ever dumped it out of an airplane.

  • @okeydokey3120
    @okeydokey3120 Před 5 měsíci +1

    Wow. I think I now know why the earth can be seen from so far out in space. We've glittered everything.

  • @dr.robertjohnson6953
    @dr.robertjohnson6953 Před 5 měsíci +1

    My first guess was The US Treasury. Using glitter in ink, you may not even know it was in there. Unless hit with a special light, like UV.
    But then you brought up something in my wheelhouse. CHAFF. I worked with the stuff for 20 years in the USAF. CHAFF is like fiberglass, long threads of thin aluminum hair. Often called angel hair. All aircraft dispense it slightly differently depending on aircraft. A typical F-4 or F-16, the chaff came in a module, with about 30 sticks of CHAFF in it. The can be blown out of the module with a squib detonator, effectively blowing it into the air flow, and dispersing a large cloud of aluminum. Thus making a very effective radar missile lock block. FLARES work similar. Only they produce an extremely bright IR source to effectively blind IR seekers. Both type of countermeasures have enjoyed much success. A malfunction, or running out of chaff/flare is why any of our jets got hit with missiles.
    But GLITTER?!? Maybe? But there would be plenty of people in the Air Force who would know. If I were still in, I would be one of them. But I retired long ago, well, 22 years ago.

  • @canabisquick
    @canabisquick Před 5 měsíci +1

    I have no input on the matter. Just wanted to say, "Thanks Joe, another great video 👍"

  • @spvillano
    @spvillano Před 5 měsíci +5

    I'm phenomenally fond of glitter! It's way up on the top of my list of favorite things.
    Right up there with yersinia pestis and rabies.
    And maybe, rectal gonorrhea and well, rectal thermometers are equally welcome with the first mentioned black plague.
    Output device rejects entry, right up there with trying to put anything into my nearly deaf ears.
    Upside, we all get to share the misery, as we'll drink and eat that plastic, in microsections.
    And well, having shared my bed recently with a woman, a year and a half after losing my wife of over 41 years, am actually considering burning the bed. Not due to the association, but due to the glitter from nail polish.
    And that, considering that I currently can't afford to pay attention, let alone another full bed.
    That shit's everywhere, even in your literal underwear, as are "forever chemicals" and in my generation's case, DDT.
    But, the cause of many cancers is an utter mystery.
    $8 billion dollar campaigns ensure that.
    So, just to be sure, I say to dust off, nuke the site from orbit with cobalt-60 devices.
    I'll lay on my family graves, to eventually be blown off by an eventual solar wind that strips off the atmosphere from this failure.
    Fully explaining the Fermi paradox.

  • @superkoopatrooper4879
    @superkoopatrooper4879 Před 6 měsíci +285

    I feel like passively inhaling glitter dust is 100x worst than smoking lol.

    • @audiodead7302
      @audiodead7302 Před 6 měsíci +31

      At least you leave behind a sparkly corpse.

    • @christophercrowder872
      @christophercrowder872 Před 6 měsíci +26

      ​@@audiodead7302hundreds or thousands of years from now archaeologists are going to dig up so many glittery remains that they will be convinced there was an entire culture/civilization of "exotic dancers". LOL! 😂😂😂

    • @mousermind
      @mousermind Před 6 měsíci +1

      *worse than
      That's debatable. On the one hand, glitter is plastic and metal, maybe some germs. On the other, cigarettes include thousands of toxic chemicals and particulates. Vaping is basically the same as inhaling glitter, what with its micro-shrapnel.

    • @ironcito1101
      @ironcito1101 Před 6 měsíci +13

      I remember the case of a kid who accidentally inhaled glitter and had lots of tiny flakes lodged in his lungs. The poor guy agonized for a month and there was nothing that the doctors could do, except try to ease his pain and wait for a miracle. I thought Joe would talk about stuff like that in this video.

    • @keithmichael112
      @keithmichael112 Před 6 měsíci +7

      so you're saying strippers work in hazardous conditions

  • @TheDennys21
    @TheDennys21 Před 5 měsíci

    Joe made a video about glitter, these are truly interesting times we are living in.

  • @tatteredpage
    @tatteredpage Před 4 měsíci +1

    My guess is fabric, especially for clothing. A lot of clothes are made with things like polyester or rayon that are basically plastic anyway. It would be easy to toss some glitter into the mix while the fibers are being spun to end up with a final product that could present in a wide variety of ways that look like something noticeable but not actual glitter.

    • @Amy-ky5wr
      @Amy-ky5wr Před 2 měsíci

      Rayon isn't like polyester. It's made by breaking down wood or bamboo with very nasty chemicals, and then re-spinning the goop into fibres. It's actually quite a nice absorbent material, akin to silk, nothing like polyester/plastic, but the manufacturing processes for standard rayon are extremely dodgy, can be extremely harmful to workers in the factories.
      Really needs to be better known, as there ARE more ethical ways of making rayon/viscose/bamboo-fabric (these are virtually synonyms) but these won't become more popular without public pressure, which won't be applied without wider public awareness. As of course the dangerous chemical method is cheaper than the ethical ones.
      Money talks and BS walks.

  • @6wild6flower6
    @6wild6flower6 Před 4 měsíci

    I ignored this video for a month because I thought I didn't care about glitter. Turns out this video is actually super neat!

  • @anniegerlach2563
    @anniegerlach2563 Před 5 měsíci +1

    This is interesting to me because I watched a video from a woman with a nail polish brand and she says that while procuring glitter for her product she caused global shortages

  • @alyssagriffin5781
    @alyssagriffin5781 Před 4 měsíci

    You mentioned the Space Launch System! My job is making the Space Launch System! I feel special!

  • @seabeepirate
    @seabeepirate Před 5 měsíci +430

    Boat paint is often ablative meaning it’s meant to wear off to prevent things from growing on it. More or less they are slowly dumping glitter into the water to protect the boats.

    • @excalibur2038
      @excalibur2038 Před 5 měsíci +63

      Exactly what i thought, especially all the sand and other shit in the water that slowly erodes at the paint, people forget that salt water can be pretty abrasive, 100% they dont wanna talk about it because it would be like opening the pandoras box of glitter ocean pollution

    • @warpedweirdo
      @warpedweirdo Před 5 měsíci +25

      @@excalibur2038 WRONG. The problem isn't glitter, bud; you're barking up the wrong tree. Think long and hard now: what is a fiberglass hull made of? What is gel coat?
      But lets look beyond boats for a moment; let's look at YOUR lifestyle.
      When you purchase groceries, what do you carry you food out in? Paper bags maybe? More commonly a plastic bag, reusable or otherwise, right? And what does the vast majority of food come packaged in? Plastic, right?
      You drive a car, right? Look at your seats. Are they covered in leather, or is it plastic? What do you think is under the fabric? Look up, what do you see? It ain't cotton! The dash board - what's that? The radio? Shift knob? Compartment covers? Carpet? Trim? You see plastic everywhere you look, right? Look at your car's paint. Is it still glossy? Or has the PLASTIC clear coat started to wear off? Or has is worn away entirely? And those tires - my oh my, those tires - you drive tens of thousands of miles on those things, and they wear down. Yeah... where do you think all that goes?
      You go to McDonalds, order a soda. Some places you'll get a paper straw because people didn't like seeing pictures of a turtle with a straw up its nose. But you still get a PLASTIC lid.
      Your clothes. What are they made of? And what do you pull off your dryer's lint filter? Yeah, lots of plastic there. How much plastic fiber from your clothes got flushed down the drain by the washing machine?
      It all has to go somewhere. A lot of your personal plastic waste ends up in the landfill, where it's mostly sequestered. But not all of it. A lot of your plastic ends up in the water, where it slowly breaks down into tiny pieces. Sometimes that water is in the ocean. And sometimes, that water is your drinking water. Yes, you may well be drinking some of your own plastic pollution!
      Boats are an insignificant source of plastic pollution in the ocean, and your personal consumption is far, far more impactful.

    • @excalibur2038
      @excalibur2038 Před 5 měsíci +79

      @@warpedweirdo bro i dont need you to explain to me how much plastic we use in society, everyone knows this, i was talking about who the glitter companies sell too and why they wouldn't want people too know

    • @johanneskepler7503
      @johanneskepler7503 Před 5 měsíci +7

      @@excalibur2038 sounds like they want you to dump some glitter in the ocean.

    • @solandri69
      @solandri69 Před 5 měsíci +18

      Anti-fouling paint (prevents growth of algae and barnacles) is based on copper and is pretty nasty stuff (it has to be to prevent stuff from growing on it). It's subject to strict regulations when stripping it off (before applying new paint). If large amounts of it came off in the water, that would defeat the purpose. And there's no need to decorate it with glitter since it's below the waterline (the waterline you see on boats and ships delineates the boundary between regular not-so-toxic decorative paint, and toxic anti-fouling paint).

  • @fritzbeuker633
    @fritzbeuker633 Před 4 měsíci +2

    Before Joe even began discussing the theories as to the 'secret' largest use and user of glitter, my first guess was the U.S. Mint and glitter's use in America's (and other nations') paper currencies. If my guess is correct, the reason why GlitterEx and the U.S. Mint would want to keep this fact secret seems obvious.

  • @nunyabidness674
    @nunyabidness674 Před 4 měsíci +10

    Personal vote: Food Packaging. The particle size isn't small (aka 1 wrapper = 1 particle) but think about how many packages you open up that seem "Foil lined". The same material used to make glitter can be cut larger to make food packaging. The fact that the primary material is still a plastic means that light heat can seal joints while still leaving an aluminum layer as a visible barrier.
    For comparison: Automotive paint. Takes about 3 gallons of paint per car, of which maybe all of 2.5 grams of metal flake (glitter) is added. One box of pop-tarts (4x packages of 2 tarts per box) has enough aluminized plastic to paint a car.
    Seals on your peanut butter or ketchup, layer of glitter glued to a backing material. Plastic can of coffee? sealed with glitter...

  • @florabritannica
    @florabritannica Před 3 měsíci

    The "quartz" makes total sense. I worked on a materials book for designers a decade or so back and the makers of one leading counter material had a total hissy fit about us describing their product as a mineral filled acrylic resin. The word acrylic out there in the open REALLY made them itch. I think they wanted people to believe it was stone held together with magic. Glitter and minerals would be so much worse for the image and pricing they want, I mean, how classy does that not sound?

  • @jakelara9138
    @jakelara9138 Před 5 měsíci +1

    The Holograms on banknotes. They’re everywhere in huge quantities and there is a necessity to be secretive to protect the process and the banknotes authenticity.

  • @Head2ToeTheatrical
    @Head2ToeTheatrical Před 5 měsíci

    Question? When you are doing a cool craft with glitter and you bump the container and spill it all over the carpet. How long does it take to clean it up. Or a different spin, is it able to be cleaned up at all?

  • @rytheguy13
    @rytheguy13 Před 6 měsíci +259

    I work for a quartz manufacturer, and I can tell you for sure we do not use glitter. When we want quartz to sparkle we use specially treated chunks of glass. That being said, we manufactured in the US. The majority of quartz is made over seas, so it's possible those practices are different.

    • @SillySpaceMonkey
      @SillySpaceMonkey Před 6 měsíci +13

      Sorry you got your comment stolen by the booty bot 😢

    • @autohmae
      @autohmae Před 6 měsíci +10

      That's what you want us to think ;-) (I'm joking, but I'm certain someone really does believe this)

    • @michaelpipkin9942
      @michaelpipkin9942 Před 6 měsíci +6

      Suuuuuuuuuuuuurrrrre buddy................ . . . Sure.

    • @loke6664
      @loke6664 Před 6 měsíci +14

      Well, that is kinda glitter but probably not the kind they mean here. But yeah, the plastic part seems like a stupid idea to use, I could see some company using aluminum for the job but that would also just be kinda glitter.
      I don't really see why this would be a secret anyways, just like with paint so I don't think this would be it.

    • @ministryofwrongthink6962
      @ministryofwrongthink6962 Před 6 měsíci +9

      Thats because you guys are legit. DEFINITELY can see the Chinese industry pulling that crap. _AND_ it would make perfect sense why an American company would want to keep something like that secret

  • @MrMeltJr
    @MrMeltJr Před 5 měsíci

    Aircraft chaff was actually my first thought, but honestly the quartz thing seems like the most plausible.

  • @annetteysquierdo
    @annetteysquierdo Před 5 měsíci

    “I’m silently correcting your grammar.” -I need that shirt!

  • @Infernoblade1010
    @Infernoblade1010 Před 5 měsíci

    Literally never thought about this until now lol

  • @BTScriviner
    @BTScriviner Před 5 měsíci

    I remember reading this article when it came out. It was an interesting read.

  • @trentenmerrill5239
    @trentenmerrill5239 Před 5 měsíci

    Caught me off guard with a couple of those jokes 😂😂😂 lmao

  • @jamiedennis-jackson1480
    @jamiedennis-jackson1480 Před 6 měsíci +479

    Chessex, a company that manufactures polyhedral dice sets, has a line of dice called Chessex Borealis. They use extremely fine glitter to give them this particular sheen. Several years ago, they were forced to change the glitter in the dice because the US Treasury started using that particular glitter in US currency. That particular glitter is so proprietary that no other dice maker in the world has been able to exactly duplicate Old Glitter Chessex Borealis, though every dice maker from hobbyists to huge manufacturing plants the world over has tried. So make of that what you will.

    • @charlesmurray3255
      @charlesmurray3255 Před 6 měsíci +58

      I like the answer, bank notes is a contender,

    • @kitefan1
      @kitefan1 Před 6 měsíci +14

      @@charlesmurray3255 That makes sense. I think everyone knows now who supplies the paper, but no one but the gov't gets to buy it.

    • @agentredfbi9626
      @agentredfbi9626 Před 6 měsíci

      ​@@charlesmurray3255when i worked retail there were times when I thought the bills, 50s and 100s in particular, looked rather sparkly

    • @Drachenfrau
      @Drachenfrau Před 6 měsíci +8

      @@charlesmurray3255 I doubt it would make the running--they don't make that much paper money, & the glitter doesn't form a large enough component of it to make that big of a detail. No, I don't think U.S money would be the biggest buyer. If there was a central world printer of currency, that might work as a theory, but each nation prints their own money.

    • @csbsdunbar
      @csbsdunbar Před 6 měsíci +2

      Interesting comment!

  • @EmilyKresl
    @EmilyKresl Před 5 měsíci

    I think it's in certain cereal brands because they specifically said we would never guess who their biggest client is.

  • @KyriosHeptagrammaton
    @KyriosHeptagrammaton Před 5 měsíci

    As a toddler I used to stare at the floor and counters by pressing my eye against them basically. I've got very very good close up vision. The sparkling flecks I was looking at I could totally believe were glitter. Definite reds in there from what I remember compared to granite or quartz.

  • @kissoffire1
    @kissoffire1 Před 5 měsíci

    Me! I'm buying up all the glitter😄 It's on my nails, my mouse pad, sprinkled on my cake and cupcake icing, my clothes, our cars, it must be bling!

  • @augenmaugen
    @augenmaugen Před 5 měsíci +2

    My guess is the makeup industry. I can see them getting a loophole for the micro plastics thing because it isn’t ‘immediately’ rinsed off, and often taken off with wipes.

    • @Demi.d3mi
      @Demi.d3mi Před 5 měsíci +1

      Most of the makeup glitter is mica

    • @karolinakuc4783
      @karolinakuc4783 Před 4 měsíci

      ​@@Demi.d3miSome lie it is mica

  • @jsbrads1
    @jsbrads1 Před 4 měsíci

    I worked for a defense contractor and never saw anything requiring clearance, but they still wanted us to keep secret anything we do and see. 😅

  • @ringkunmori
    @ringkunmori Před 6 měsíci +2840

    I like to believe Glitter is actually sold as a drug substance to Aliens, because it's basically space meth to them.

    • @bloodyneptune
      @bloodyneptune Před 6 měsíci +124

      I'm probably going to think "space meth" everytime I see glitter for the rest of my life, now.

    • @kidkarate3501
      @kidkarate3501 Před 6 měsíci +25

      sounds reasonable

    • @samuelmatheson9655
      @samuelmatheson9655 Před 6 měsíci +13


    • @stash2823
      @stash2823 Před 6 měsíci +10

      Can you imagine that aliens dont have pizza or popcorn

    • @loke6664
      @loke6664 Před 6 měsíci +9

      That sounds unlikely, who would get high on aluminum and plastic? I could see some cartel cutting their cocaine with it though (the tiniest micro glitter) but I don't think they would inform the company that is what they are doing in that case.

  • @RosieBee463
    @RosieBee463 Před 5 měsíci +2

    I think I could buy the chaff theory. Regulations like ITAR can be pretty broad and far reaching for anyone working upstream of defense contract stuff, even covering information that might seem mundane or freely available elsewhere, so I could understand why she would be tight-lipped about it.

  • @Bill-wz6tw
    @Bill-wz6tw Před 2 měsíci

    In fabric covered aircraft the first coat of a paint like substance that is applied is a clear nitrate dope that is mixed with aluminum powder this provides the UV protection for the fabric below then the top coat color is added onto the fabric after this silver-aluminum colored paint has dried. I imagine glitter adds some UV resistance to boat paints and auto paints also even if the primary reason is for the look of it.

  • @finnlinnsone
    @finnlinnsone Před 4 měsíci +1

    CHUPPL made a great video/documentary that uncovered the great glitter mystery! They got into contact with a relative of the man who basically 'invented' glitter. The glitter conspiracy was never really about glitter, but rather precision cutting. Highly recommend watching it!