A Very Strange Hobby


58-year-old oil investor Richard Gibson has one of the weirdest collections in the world. Since 1978, he’s been meticulously saving all his toenail clippings in glass jars.

Collecting toenails is a strange hobby, but Richard says that he didn’t consciously decide to do it, it just sort of happened as a result of his curiosity, and he just never stopped.

He happened to be clipping his nails one day 36 years ago, and instead of throwing them out, he just put them in a manicure box. He then started doing it repeatedly, just to see how long it would take to fill up the box. That took two years, and by then he was pretty much hooked. So he moved his collection to a large glass jar, which is what now uses to put the clippings in.

“I have no idea how many nails are in the jar,” Gibson admitted. “It’s well into the thousands.”


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