Chris Walton, a budding singer from Las Vegas, hasn’t cut her nails in the past 18 years – resulting in fingernails total nearly 20 feet! Guinness Records announced a few days ago that Walton will receive a notification in the 2012 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records!

Walton’s fingernails are in total 19 feet + 9 inches long. An impression from Chris Walton’s life:

“The hardest thing for me to do is dig in my pockets,” the 45-year-old rock singer from Las Vegas says. “Everything else I can do myself — driving, shopping, cleaning the house … although when I vacuum, the cord gets tangled in my fingers.”
 
The previous record holder for longest nails was Lee Redmond of Salt Lake City. Her nails measured a total of 28 feet in 2008, but the following year, she lost her nails in a car crash.


The full story about Chris Walton:

Chris Walton has the longest fingernails!

Healthy fingernails.

Your fingernails  are like the ‘rings of a tree’: they provide a window to changes in your body during the past six months. And fingernail changes likewise provide clues about changes in your health: because it takes about 6 months to grow out a full nail out of a finger (a fingernail grows about 0.1 mm per day).

How to recognize healthy fingernails? A healthy fingernail is characterized by: a smooth, rounded nail plate with a rectangular shape (at the corners slightly rounded). It’s color is pink, and at least the thumb requires to have a white crescent shaped lunula – in most people the lunula is not seen on the pinky fingers (some people have lunulae in all fingers where they take at most 1/3 of the pink area in the nail plate).


FINGERNAIL CHANGES:

Nail changes often reflect changes in the body. Medical science has identified & described literally hundreds different types of nail changes, and quite some of them have a highly significant correlation with the development of all kinds of diseases. But usually nail changes only rarely have a significance for a specified disease.

But nail changes can also indicate high stress, physical traumas, hormone changes, and even an unhealthy food pattern. But often it takes some time to monitor the nature of the changes seen in the nails!

And there Multi-Perspective Palm Reading can become involved, and even play a decisive role in the diagnosis process of the nail changes. Because Multi-Perspective Palm Reading describes the significance of nail changes in specified diseases, plus an overview of the other typical hand characteristics in those diseases. And therefore it can become very helpfull to find the true cause of nail changes when there are multiple options left according ‘the science of the fingernails’.

Dr. Oz – who became for his appearances in The Oprah Winfrey Show from 2004 until 2009, has presented a 6-minute Masterclass introduction to how your fingernails can provide you a window to your health, titled:

‘What your nails tell you about your health’

Megan Fox has a stubby thumb, featured with a short, broad fingernail!A tribute to the unusual thumb nails of beauty queen Megan Fox - she has BDD (Brachydactyly - type D).Megan Fox left hand fingernails - notice the short thumb nail!

Megan Hands – a tribute to her hands & fingernails!
Megan Fox thumbs: the story of her stubby thumb!

How the ‘Megan Fox thumb’ story began in the summer of 2009…

In the summer of 2009 Megan Fox’s right thumb became a hot news item in ‘gossip land’ after new photos revealed that the beauty – who was voted in 2008 by FHM as the sexiest woman in the world – has a rather remarkable ‘minor physical anomaly’ (MPA): a stubby thumb – featured with a broad, short fingernail in both hands (see the pictures below).

But the Megan Fox thumb-story became world news after a Daily mail reporter had noticed that when Megan Fox appeared on february 7, 2010 in a Motorola commercial during the Super Bowl event … her hands were replaced by a ‘hand double’ with much longer fingernails: see the pictures below!

Megan Fox’s right thumb (left) + an impression from the Motorola Super Bowl commercial (right), featured with the youtube version of the full commercial (below):

Megan Fox's thumb of her right hand.The standin 'hand double' in the Motorola Super Bowl commercial!

– MORE FAMOUS HANDS & FINGERNAILS –

Having your thumb in the form of a club, which is called brachydactyly – type D (BDD), which is a minor affliction that can be found in 1 out of every 1,000 people. Local hand surgeons know everything about it there is to know.

Dr. Steven Bendner, the leading hand surgery expert at Beth Israel Medical Center, explains that the case of the thumb that looks a bit flattened and therefore shorter, is often a peculiarity that comes down in the family:

“The nail of the thumb in this condition is often very short and wide. It is usually hereditary, although it could also have been caused by frostbite, or it could have been an injury to the growth plate in childhood. While one is young, the thumb often looks more or less ordinary, but with the passing of time its shortened condition begins to stand out more and more.”

So, contrary to ‘fingernail clubbing‘, a clubbed thumb is usually nothing to worry about!

Dr. Richard Kim, director of congenital hand surgery at Hackensack Medical Center, warns us not to play down the importance of the thumb.:

“You need it to be able to touch the other fingers and it is important for pinching. In Megan Fox’s case, it appears that only the last bone of the thumb is affected and that it does not involve the joint. For her, it looks like it’s just a cosmetic deficit.”

A few more impressions of Megan Fox’s thumbs & fingernails:

Clubbed thumbs: a Megan Fox thumb tribute.

The stubby thumb is featured with a relatively short fingernail.

A final but not unimportant notification…

Knowing about Megan Fox’s little imperfection will help other people to realize that – when not overplayed by the owner – any small cosmetic defect might only add to the charms of the person!

SUGGESTION FOR FURTHER READING:
An ‘Ode to the thumb’ – by French sculptor César Baldaccini!
Fingernail clubbing might signal various medical problems!
Scientific article: ‘Congenital thumb deformities’
Scientific article: ‘Abnormal thumbs and physical diagnosis’
Megan Fox has clubbed thumbs!

Melvin Booth has the official Guinness World Record 'longest fingernails; Lee Redmond used to have the longest female fingernails.
The photo above was taken just a few months prior to Redmond’s accident which resulted in the loss of her fingernails, for the 2010 Edition of Guinness World Records.

Lee Redmond’s nails are more famous, Melvin Booth has the world record!

The official Guinness World Record ‘longest fingernails’:
2008 – Melvin Boothe, whose nails measure 9.05m (29 ft 8in)

Female record ‘longest female fingernails’:
2008 – Lee Redmond, whose nails measure 8.65m (28 ft 4in)

In an interview with Guinness World Records Lee Redmond talked about her meeting with Melvin Booth:

“I have very, very fond memories from Melvin, he touched my life. He also broke my heart, to see this man who wouldn’t even go out of his home. Tears when I left, both he and I. I hope that some day he will realise that he’s more than his fingernails. . . I think the difference between Melvin and me, for one thing they didn’t keep me from going out in public, and they didn’t make me be secluded. I would have never, never chose to keep them if they would have had to keep me away from people or you know, living whatever normal is you know.”

“I hope he will decide to go out and interact with people and I’m sure that he felt the love that I had for him and respect. It wasn’t his fingernails; it was him that I cared for.”

SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING:

The full story about Lee Redmond’s world record fingernails!
Fingernails grow faster on a proteine diet!
How to grow long, strong fingernails & avoid brittle nails!
Fingernail quality depends on humidity & climate!

An impression from the Tokyo Nail Expo 2009.
Tokyo Nail Expo presents: overwhelming Japanese nail art!

TOKYO – NOVEMBER 30: Visitors look at designed nail chips that are displayed for a competition during the Tokyo Nail Expo 2009 at Tokyo Big Sight on November 30, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan. The nail industry has grown to nearly 200 million Japanese yen market in 2008 and the annual event attracts 50,000 visitors.

The photo above shows ‘Hello Kitty Gumball nails’ at the Tokyo Nail Expo 2009 – which still proves one thing: Japanese people likely have a lot of trouble wiping themselves. But IF they wipe, it looks for sure adorable!!!

The Nail Queen 2009 Awards Ceremony took place on Monday at the Tokyo Nail Expo. The annual event attracts 50,000 visitors.

More impressions from the Nail Queen contests below!

SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING:
The basics of Japanese Nail Art!
Lee Redmond’s nail art: the longest female nails!
What you should know about artificial nails
MORE FUN: How to make fingernails from onion and cheese!

PHOTO: More impressions from the Tokyo Nail Expo 2009:
Japanese actress Mao Daichi's fingernail impression from the Nail Queen 2009 Awards Ceremony

Japanese actress Kyoko Fukada's fingernail impression from the Nail Queen 2009 Awards Ceremony

Japanese singer Anna Tsuchiya's fingernail impression from the Nail Queen 2009 Awards Ceremony

The fingernails of Michael Jackson: 1971 - 1984.The fingernails of Michael Jackson: 1988 - 2005.

Michael Jackson’s fingernails in time!

Were Michael Jackson’s dark fingernails + nail moons caused by his health condition? Was his nail condition the result of medication/drug abuse?? Or, did the color of his fingernails look ‘weird’ merely because the color of his skin had become lighter over the years???

Obviously, during the past few months many people got wondering about those questions. Therefore a new PHOTO ESSAY on Michael Jackson’s finger nails is presented in order to find permanent answers.

A QUOTE FROM THE PHOTO ESSAY:

“Between 1989 and 1999 his skin had become lighter, and the condition of his fingernails became a bit more ‘pink’. But at the Michael Jackson meeting with Nelson Mandela the color of his fingernails appeared as quite ‘balanced’ and ‘normal’ (possibly only a bit ‘faint’ in the center of the nail plate).

In the last period of his life (2006 – 2009) his skin had become a bit whiter, however his fingernails had become darker and appeared to have ‘brownish’ look: the condition of his fingernails could no longer be described as ‘normal’.”

RELATED STORIES & MORE:
In memoriam: the hands of Michael Jackson!
Famous hands: the hand of celebrities!
‘Hand facts’ – News reports about hands!

Fingernails of Gordon Brown - the fingernail biting British political leader!

Since as early as 1997 British media have reported about Gordon Brown’s fingernails – the British prime minister is often described as a nervy fellow, known for chewing his fingernails! And untill earlier this summer his fingernails didn’t show much improvement – despite many fingernail photo shoots over the years. However, now that growing voices predict the fall of Gordon Brown from the political theatre … his fingernails are now (finally) looking shiny & bright!!

The DailyMail reported 2 weeks ago:


“You might think there is a lot for Gordon Brown to be anxious about at the moment.

An ongoing recession is crippling the country, he’s miles behind in the polls and there’s the ongoing suspicion of a Labour plot to replace him as leader.

But as he took to the stand today at the TUC conference in Liverpool, the chronic nail-biter of the past appears to have put an end to the ghastly habit.”

READ MORE:
More about Gordon Brown’s fingernails!
About the psychology behind fingernail biting!
How to treat nail biting in adults?
More celebrity fingernail reports – including: Beyonce, Rhianna, Megan Fox, Naomi Campbell, Eve & Lee Redmond

Gordon Brown’s fingernail shoot – september 2009:
Gordon Brown's improved fingernails.

Gordon Brown’s fingernail shoot – march 2007:
Gordon Brown's gnawed fingernails.

Amy Winehouse became famous for her self-destructive behaviour, including: physical injuries & a drug addiction.In 2007 Amy Winehouse had a paronychia on her right middle finger.

Since 2007 Amy Winehouse’s problems with drug and alcohol addiction, as well as self-destructive behaviour, became regular tabloid news. An early example of the many physical injuries was the ‘paronychia’ on her right hand middle finger which was spotted in september 2007:

The Guardian reported:

“Amy Winehouse has hurt her finger. That’s the news this morning. How she did it, nobody knows, though surely it won’t be long before some news organisation suggests contacting the Portuguese police about it.

All we can tell you is this: La Winehouse’s right middle finger is swollen above the top knuck and has turned the colour of a red Skittle. There also appears to be a little problem around the cuticle area, with a certain unevenness apparent in the pics posted by both Vicky Newton and 3am this morning of the singer attending a performance of the popular musical Chicago.

Though the reason for the injury is unknown, speculation is rife. Vick, using her fabled gothic humour, posits: “I’ve narrowed it down to stabbing it with a hairpin putting up her beehive or burning it lighting a fag.” Others have suggested that she has, innocently, contracted some kind of fungal infection. But, whatever the cause, the big question remains: what does it all mean? And the even bigger question, too: why bother publishing the photo in the first place?

The answers to these questions are: don’t know and, also, really don’t know. We just thought you would want to know about it. That’s all.”

In 2008, Winehouse faced a series of health complications that threatened both her career and her life. In 2009 the UK singer returned occasionally on the stage and announced working on new music projects, while her problems continued (in june her father said in an interview that she was in a drug replacement programme and in september media reported that she has started a dental dental reconstruction to improve her teeth after her battle against dring and drugs).

SUGGESTION FOR FURTHER READING:
The paronychia nail disorder can be treated with self care at home!
Common disorders in the fingernail & toe nail!
Paronychia, a disorder at the cuticle or nail fold
More reports about the fingernails of celebrities

Megan Fox has a clubbed thumb, not to be confused with a clubbing fingernail.

Megan Fox has clubbed thumb & Hrithik Roshan has a double thumb – not to be confussed with a ‘clubbing fingernail’!

Earlier this summer Megan Fox’s right thumb became news after new photos of her indicated that the beauty has a rather misshapen thumb – which by the way had been observed as early as 2007 already. While scientists have described that thumb length has played a major role in the evolution of human kind, what do we really know about this rather remarkable type of thumb abnormality?

Having your thumb in the form of a club, which is called brachydactyly – type D (BDD), which is a minor affliction that can be found in 1 out of every 1,000 people. Local hand surgeons know everything about it there is to know.

Megan Fox thumb 2: clubbing right thumb.Megan Fox thumb example 3: clubbed right thumbMegan Fox thumb example 4: club right thumb.Megan Fox thumb example 5: brachydactyly - type D thumb.

Dr. Steven Bendner, a leading hand surgery expert at Beth Israel Medical Center, explains that the case of the thumb that looks a bit flattened and therefore shorter, is often a peculiarity that comes down in the family:

“The nail of the thumb in this condition is often very short and wide. It is usually hereditary, although it could also have been caused by frostbite, or it could have been an injury to the growth plate in childhood. While one is young, the thumb often looks more or less ordinary, but with the passing of time its shortened condition begins to stand out more and more.”

So, contrary to ‘fingernail clubbing‘ (a nail disorder which is associated with various medical problems – often related to lungs), a ‘clubbed thumb’ is usually nothing to worry about at all!

Dr. Richard Kim, director of congenital hand surgery at Hackensack Medical Center, warns us not to play down the importance of the thumb.:

“You need it to be able to touch the other fingers and it is important for pinching. In Megan Fox’s case, it appears that only the last bone of the thumb is affected and that it does not involve the joint. For her, it looks like it’s just a cosmetic deficit.”

Hopefully, knowing about Megan Fox’s little imperfection will help other people to realize that – when not overplayed by the owner – a small cosmetic defect might only add to the charms of a person. Now, maybe you would like to hear more about the ‘double thumb’ (in his case a combination of ‘polydactyly‘ & ‘syndactyly‘) of the famous Indian Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan???

SUGGESTION FOR FURTHER READING:
Fingernail clubbing might signal various medical problems!
An ‘Ode to the thumb’ – by French sculptor César Baldaccini!
Join the brachydactyly type D Facebook club!
Brachydactyly: a club for people with club thumbs

The famous Indian Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan has a double thumb - a combination of 'polydactyly' & 'syndactyly'.

Celebrities often have very long fingernails.

Quite a few singers and celebrity actors have what’s called ‘long dangerous fingernails’. There are many story about how they hurt themselves… and others!

There are many automutilation stories about celebrity women hurting themselves. But in quite some of them the hurt was the result of having long fingernails!

For example, Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez have scratched their skin while rehearsing a song – and in Jennifer’s case on the set of a movie. By the way, their fingernails were not as long as the length of the ones in the pictures above on the right. But these pictures do illustrate that having extremely long fingernails – is sort of a ‘madness’. Ladies please don’t grow your nails out this long unless you are getting paid from publicity!!

A recent example of fingernails becoming ‘dangerious weapons’ is – ‘surprise, surprise…’ Naomi Campbell (see the photo below). The famous ‘catwalk queen’ was rumoured of getting her temper get the best of her again:


“While on vacation in Lipari, Sicily on the yacht of Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, the supermodel is rumored to have scratched paparazzo Gaetano Di Giovanni’s face and then clocked him with her purse.”

“Di Giovanni claims that her nails did some serious damage to his left eye, according to the Italian newspaper La Republica.”

READ MORE:
Lee Redmond honoured by Guinness World Record for her long fingernails!
A fingernail product search page!
What you should know about artificial nails
Beyonce, Heidi Klum & Victoria Beckham have ‘Minx nails’

Naomi Campbell’s fingernails:
Naomi Campbell's fingernails.