If you don’t cut your fingernails, you’ll face a lot of problems doing certain activities, such as typing on your laptop or playing the piano, perhaps. That’s already going to be bothersome after a few weeks but imagine not cutting your fingernails for over a year? Crazy, right?
Well, one woman did not cut her fingernails for 4 years – can you just imagine that?
She had always liked having long nails but when a friend made a bet that Elena Shilenkova, 34, from St. Petersburg, Russia, could not grow her fingernails to over 5cm, she knew she just had to accept the challenge. The bet was made even more enticing when her friend upped the amount to £2,500 ($3,200).
So, Shilenkova made sure to care for her nails and drinking vitamins to ensure she grows them fast and strong. But nails tend to break when you do certain things, such as swimming at sea and playing sports. So, Shilenkova had to give up two of her favorite activities, tennis and swimming at the beach, for her nails.
Amazingly enough, she was able to grow her nails past 5cm, winning the bet in just 1 year! Wow.
After receiving the money from her friend, she used it to pay for her car. But she loved having long nails so much that she continued growing her nails even after the bet has long ended.
Year after year, despite having challenges in doing simple day-to-day activities, Shilenkova grew her nails. It has actually become a ‘full-time job’ for the young lady, saying caring for her nails is a difficult thing.
Since she grew her nails to such lengths, Shilenkova experiences challenges in changing her clothes, eating, going to the bathroom, and taking coins or cards from her wallet. Oftentimes, she has to ask strangers to dig into her bag to get her stuff and to pay for something but she said many were quite amused by the situation.
For 4 years, she had to endure those challenges plus stares from people who were either amazed or horrified by her extremely long nails. But she doesn’t mind – especially after recently getting officially recognized on the Russian Book of Records 2018 for having the longest nails in Russia. At this time, she had grown her nails to a whopping 12cm long! Isn’t that incredible?
It seems that Shilenkova has no plans of cutting her nails in some near future. Perhaps she’d also win the world record soon?