Louisiana man Richard Gibson is proud of his unique collection: a jar containing every single toenail and fingernail he’s clipped since February 1978.
The jar is the 58-year-old American oil investor’s prized possession, which he keeps on a shelf in his home.
Some 36 years ago, Gibson decided to put clippings in the box of his manicure kit instead of tossing them.
“I started doing it again and again and then decided to see how long it would take to fill the box,” Gibson said.
It took two years to fill the box, but Gibson didn’t stop there. He continued to clip his nails and added them to the glass jar he uses now.
“I have no idea how many nails are in the jar,” Gibson said. “It’s well into the thousands.”
Gibson has estimated that the jar is about 99 percent full.
The collection hasn’t always been easy to keep up with – in fact, Gibson’s ex-wife would insist that he hide the jar when guests were at the house. However, his persistence finally paid off when he was featured in "Ripley's Believe It Or Not" book.
Gibson has taken pride in the achievement and can’t wait to show his ex-wife.
Gibson isn’t sure what he’ll do once the jar is full, though he thinks he’ll move it into another container. He’s predicted that he’ll have enough room for several months more of nails in the current jar.