September 4, 2009

Record holder cried over broken nails

A Salt Lake City woman who held the Guinness World Record for longest fingernails on a female hand said she cried when they were broken off in a car crash.

Lee Redmond, 68, said her nails, which she hadn't cut since 1979, measured a total 28 feet, 4 inches before they broke off when she was thrown from her car during a February crash, KSL Radio, Salt Lake City, reported Wednesday.

The first thing I spotted was a fingernail, and I thought,' Ohh.' Then I started to cry and said, 'There's one of my fingernails.' A sweet lady picked them up and I told her they were a Guinness world record, so she went around and gathered fragments of fingernails, Redmond said.

She said the crash was a blessing in disguise because she never would have been able to bring herself to cut the nails on purpose.

It was just something I had to accept because I couldn't change anything, Redmond said.

Redmond, who will be featured for the last time in the 2010 Guinness Book of World Records, said she probably won't try to grow her nails long again.

I probably wouldn't live for 30 more years, she said.