Human Oddities: Fingernails and More

Many women desire lengthy fingernails and usually achieve such a feat by paying a visit to the local nail salon. However, some people have the ability to grow their fingernails to reach record-breaking lengths. In this article, you will learn some of the record-breaking oddities of the human body that center on fingernails, hands, and mouth.


The individual who holds the world record for the longest fingernails is Melvin Boothe from the United States. The first time he contacted the Guinness World Book of Records was in 2006. The last time the fingernails of this Troy, Michigan resident were measured was in May of 2009. The combined length was 32 feet and 3.8 inches.

The record for the longest fingernails every documented for a female was held by a United States resident named Lee Redmond, who started growing her fingernails in 1979. Over time, she started to manicure her nails in such a way that they reached a total length of 28 feet and 4 ½ inches. Her record was captured on the set of Lo Show dei Record, which took place in Madrid, Spain in 2008. Sadly, an auto accident in early 2009 caused Redmond to lose her nails. No one has been able to beat her record since.

The last time Shridhar Chillal of India cut his fingernails was in 1952. Because of this, they continued to grow until he was the proud owner of the longest fingernails on a single hand. On his left hand, his thumbnail measured 62.2 inches with the shortest nail (on his index finger) measuring 51.5 inches.


When you are the tallest man in the world, everything tends to be larger than life. Robert Wadlow from the United States had hands that measured 12.75 inches from the wrist to the tip of his middle finger. The ring on his finger was a size 25.


Some people open their mouth wide to speak, yell, or eat, while others have an impressive gape. No one has a larger gape than J J Bittner from the United States, who when he opens his mouth has a gap that measures 3.4 inches , from the incisal edge of his maxillary central incisors to the incisal edge of his mandibular central incisors. In plain English , the distance between the tips of his front teeth in his upper and lower jaws.

With the ability to stretch his mouth to record-breaking proportions, the full stretch of Francisco Domingo Joaquim “Chiquinho”‘s lips and cheeks measure 6.69 inches wide. This measurement was recorded on March 18, 2010. Interesting, he does not hold the record for the widest gape. His achievement is attributed to a connective tissues disorder.