Other people think I'm very fragile when they first meet me, but they soon see that I can do everything

A 45-year-old grandmother in the US has broken the Guinness World Record for the world's longest fingernails.

Las Vegas resident Chris Walton has refused to cut her 20ft talons in 18 years, but claims her mammoth nails don't stop her from going about her daily life, as she has learnt to type on a laptop and even send text messages with her knuckles.

Her achievement has now been recognised by the 2012 Guinness World Records Book.

She said: "It's just like growing a long beard, or long hair. I think they got this long because I don't pay attention to them. I sometimes even forget they're there.

"Other people think I'm very fragile when they first meet me, but they soon see that I can do everything. I would never be stupid enough to stop my life so that I could grow my fingernails."


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