When I think of all the disgusting things people might possibly collect and keep in jars (scabs, old boogers, road kill), this really doesn’t seem that gross. That is: Until you actually see it. Then you’re going to want to hurl. Check Richard Gibsons weird collection out after the jump. IF YOU DARE.
Toenails. Richard Gibson has been collecting his toenails jars for 36 years.
From Oddity Central:
58-year-old oil investor Richard Gibson has one of the weirdest collections in the world. For the past 36 years, he has been religiously saving all his toenail clippings in a glass jar.
Collecting toenails is a strange hobby, but Richard says that he didn’t exactly plan for it – it sort of happened as a result of his curiosity, and he just never stopped. He happened to be clipping his nails one day in February, 1978, and instead of throwing them out, he just put them in a manicure box. He then started doing it repeatedly, just to see how long it would take to fill up the box. That didn’t take too long – only two years – and by then he was pretty much hooked. So he moved his collection to a large glass jar, which is what now uses to put the clippings in.
“I have no idea how many nails are in the jar,” Gibson admitted. “It’s well into the thousands.”
It hasn’t been easy to keep up the collecting – Richard has had to hide the jar from his ex-wife and from visitors for several weeks at a time, but, against all odds, he managed to keep it safe and growing. His nail clippings jar has recently drawn the attention of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, who decided to featured it in their new book, ‘Reality Shock’.