A fragile career ended

Posted on September 7th, 2009 by Gina

lee_redmondAssociated Press reported last week that the life-long goal of Lee Redmond is over.  The 68 year-old from Salt Lake City holds The Guinness Book of World Records for the length of her fingernails: 28 feet, if you add them all up.  Her longest nail was her right thumb, at 2 feet, 11 inches.

But Ms. Redmond was in a car accident in February and though she walked away from the event unscathed, her nails did not survive.

ellen_redmondThe story has been buzzing through the online masses, especially last Friday when everyone was just trying to kill time, waiting for vacation weekend.  Two videos popped up on YouTube: one very hilarious episode of Ellen DeGeneres interviewing Ms. Redmond and trying to recreate the action of wiping herself after peeing with fake 2-foot long fingernails.  The other is a CBS segment on “Ripley’s Believe it or not.”

Redmond has been growing her nails for 30 full years.  In 1979, she just decided to stop filing them;  evidently, just to get into The Guiness (or perhaps another kind of Guinness is what got her into this.)  It has clearly been an all-consuming avocation. She is bone thin, presumably because she can’t feed herself.  Her hair is a frizzy mane that could use a good hand to comb and cut it.

But by Gawd, Lee Redmond took on a goal and stuck to it.  We have to give her credit for veracity, right?  I mean, one cracked nail for me might ruin an evening, but not 30 years. Nonetheless, I bid Ms. Edmond fond farewell into retirement.  I also encourage her to take up crocheting for the next 30.  It’s more age appropriate.

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