Lint rollers, frequent trips to Michaels, obsessive vacuuming -- these are the telltale signs that you're addicted to glitter.
But do you fully grasp the risks you're running?
When a very reputable source (The Onion) first reported on the dangers of "glitter lung" in 2005, we were made aware of this occupational hazard for elementary school art teachers.
Thanks to San Francisco's burlesque group Hubba Hubba Revue, however, now we understand just how far-reaching the grisly effects of those innocent-looking particles can be.
Watch three burlesque dancers shine a very sparkly light on how glitter has affected their lives and the dancing community in this very seriously eye-opening documentary, filmed in Oakland, Calif.
If you or someone you know has been affected by glitter lung, seek out the Healing Und Breathing Burlesque Association (HUBBA) for help. You are not alone.
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Sverre O. Braathen. Lou Jacobs, August 12, 1941
Photograph, Kodachrome. Illinois State University’s Special Collections, Milner Library, BSP0022.
Frederick Whitman Glasier. Equestrienne on horseback, ca. 1903. Photograph. Collection of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Archives, Glasier Glass Plate Negative Collection, 0063.
Edward J. Kelty. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey (Combined) Circus. April, 1924
Photograph. Collection of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Tibbals Collection, ht0004827.
Two circus elephants wearing giant clown costumes, 1941
Photograph. Harold M. Lambert/Hulton Archive/Getty Images.
Edward J. Kelty. Congress of Freaks at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Combined Circus, 1924
Photograph. Collection of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Tibbals Collection, ht0004824.
“Ballet of the Elephants” at Madison Square Garden, 1942
Photograph. Circus World Museum, CWi-2300.
Frederick Whitman Glasier. Clown with 3 equestrians, ca. 1903
Photograph. Collection of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Glasier Glass Plate Negative Collection, 1194.
Clown band, ca. 1920
Photograph. Circus World Museum, CWi-2293.
“James Robinson the Champion Bareback Rider of the World,” 1882
Poster, printed by the Courier Company, Buffalo. Circus World Museum, CWi-2334.
Photograph from Dave Robeson, Louis Roth, Forty Years with Jungle Killers (Caldwell, Idaho: Caxton Printers, 1941). Illinois State University’s Special Collections, Milner Library.
Captain Jack Bonavita with his lions, ca. 1900
Photograph. Circus World Museum, CWi-2303.
The Olympian Freaks, London.
The Barnum & Bailey Circus, ca. 1897–98. Photograph. McCaddon Collection of the Barnum & Bailey Circus, box 27; Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.