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The go-to remedy for glitter removal? Dish soap. Such are the trade secrets of the Garnet and Gold Guys, the shimmering, crowd-pumping duo at Seminoles games each fall. Still, evidence of their Saturday getup lingers long after Doak Campbell clears out. "I look like I have jaundice for three days because of the yellow paint," says Gold, a Florida State sophomore. (The Guys, out of deference to the 17-year tradition, don't reveal their names. New students take over every year or two, and names are made public when they retire.) But it's not easy washing off all that team spirit, even with a 45-minute postgame hose-down and the dish soap. "At church, someone took glitter out of my ear," recalls Garnet, a junior. "We live quite the life."

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Seeing Red
"People ask us if it itches," Garnet says. "It kind of does." And that Tallahassee heat doesn't help, either. "I definitely prefer it to be 70 degrees."

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The Glitterati
Go big or go home, the Garnet and Gold Guys say. It's not a sprinkle or two of glitter. No, for these die-hards, six pounds are used each week.

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They Get By With a Little Help From Their Friends
Garnet and Gold get game-ready at the same time, but both have "helpers" to apply the paint and glitter.

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Glitter, Glitter, Everywhere
Evidence of Gold's Saturday getup lingers long after Doak Campbell clears out. "I look like I have jaundice for three days because of the yellow paint," he says. "And [Garnet] looks like he's sunburned."

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The Pair That Rides Together ...
Garnet and Gold ride a tandem bike en route to the stadium, about 10 minutes from the on-campus site where they get ready. Along the way, fans cheer and wave ... and snap a photo or two. "Somebody took a picture of us in their rearview mirror," Garnet says.

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Crowd-Pleasers
And they take requests! "People will want us to do certain poses," Gold says. They're happy to oblige, as seen here with a few of their admirers.

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Why So Serious?!
Garnet and Gold say there wasn't a lot of prep when it came to learning their alter egos' traditions. One exception? Their facial expressions. "We spent a lot of time on that. We were coached," Gold says.

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Hosed
The go-to remedy for glitter removal? Dish soap. The things you learn when you spend your days covered head-to-toe in glitter ...

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