Watch Etsy's video on glitter's dazzling past.

All That Glitters: The History of Shiny Things from Etsy on Vimeo.

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New Year's Eve is the most wonderful time of the year for glitterophiles (read: me). The more glitter, the better. Metallic clothes, makeup and accessories just seem to make the last night of the year that much more fun. To get you in the mood, check out this informative video about the history of the shiny stuff. Fun fact: The U.S. army considered sending glitter out the back of airplanes during World War II to confuse radar. Imagine how fun the propaganda posters could have been.