An item characterized by the reflection of light and oftentimes other electromagnetic waves. Usually such items are fashioned from metal or metalized plastic, though occasionally glass is employed. One very special kind of shiny thing is Shiny Scientific Stuff.
Shiny Scientific Stuff
A specific veriety of Cruft identifiable by reflective, oftentimes machined stainless steel, surfaces similar to those found in labortory equipment. These items tend to look expensive but have little practical value. The origin of this term can be traced to Walker Chan and Ruth Shewmon describing the reuse pile from the Spectroscopy Lab.