Yesterday’s Glitter is Today’s Unicorn Food! Do NOT Try This at Home!


I’ve always said that Glitter is the herpes of craft supplies, that stuff just never ever goes away. I used to sell it for years in my store Flash Cadilac in Ottawa — I bought in huge bags and then put it in pillbox containers. When I closed the store I donated all the glitter left to Caldwell Elementary School in Carleton Place. They too had it for years and years.

They say all people are drawn to sparkly things, and modern science believes it’s because our ancestors learned to associate sparkling with life-saving water, like a lake appearing in the distance. For our ancient ancestors, noticing and being drawn to sparkling things in the distance is often what saved their lives by bringing them to (hopefully fresh) water. This likely also contributed to the perceived value of gold and certain jewels in earlier times, because these too sparkled.

Then somewhere a few years ago things went totally wrong……

It all started when an Ohio-based company started selling glitter pills which supposedly, would make your poop sparkle and glittery! I have a corny question but— will this now make corn obsolete now? I know, I know– I am moving on.

What is a glitter pill?

In one sense, it’s exactly what it sounds like: a transparent gelatin capsule filled with glitter. What’s the point of a glitter pill? We have no idea– as far as most of the Internet is concerned, glitter pills are nothing more than a crappy punchline—and we do mean “crappy” both figuratively and literally. If you take one, rumor holds, you’ll poop glitter.

items are not meant to be consumed
-Do not consume.
this item is not meant for consumption

Swallowing these is a horrible idea. I would imagine that glitter probably isn’t made with the types of chemicals you’d want putting into your body. On top of that, these tiny glitter fragments can imbed themselves throughout your intestine, or our sewers.

“The Impact Of Glitter On The Environment Environmentalists around the world insist that humans need to reduce the use of glitter as it is glutting our oceans at the rate of eight million tons every single day!”

A Flash Cadilac Story

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
04 Dec 1986, Thu  •  Page 56

Amanda Lynne Jamieson —– Linda Seccaspina! I thought I’d share a fun childhood memory with you. I was only about 6 years old so some of the details are vague but just the same, I remember it fondly.

One hot summer day, our teenage babysitter decided to take my brother and me on the bus from Gatineau to downtown Ottawa so she could go shopping. Our adventure included a stop in at your store Flash Cadilac which in turn became a very fun glitter fight! My babysitter then tried to rush us home to get cleaned up before my mom got home. But we were caught when we ended up on the same bus as mom! Sorry for the mess 😬 but thanks for the memories!

This is an actual toy that is sold in Walmart and your local toy stores

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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