2008 was a bumper year for poo! The first Twilight film was released! And the “Mythbusters” team empirically proved that given sufficient motivation, pressure, time and effort, it is indeed possible to polish a turd. Source material is relatively important as is some way to quantify that gloss has been achieved. A device called a ‘Gloss Meter’ can measure accurately relative shininess and units above 70 equals high gloss. At the time of writing, the “Twilight Saga” books and films have earned in excess of 1.7 billion dollars. I think that will qualify as relative ‘shininess’.