Glitter swatch (courtesy Joe Coburn and RJA Plastics)

Glitter's Connection To Forensic Science

Get ready for some extra sparkle on the heels of last week’s deep dive into “The Great Glitter Mystery.” Retired Forensic Scientist Ed Jones has one of the world’s largest glitter collections. And his side hobby has served him well over the years – glitter helped him solve a murder...

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07:34Nov 15, 2019
"Glitter" by u/SneakyBunny84

'Endless Thread' Drops a Glitter Bomb On The Great Glitter Mystery

Endless Thread solves one of the internet’s most compelling mysteries. Inspired by a New York Times feature about glitter last year, Redditors have obsessed over identifying the mysterious industry buying huge amounts of glitter – information which glitter-makers have now famously refused to divulge. No one has been able to...

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39:32Nov 8, 2019

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