Friday, February 13, 2009

World's Longest Nails Cracked in Crash

"Pileup shatters SLC woman's fingernail record"
The Salt Lake Tribune (February 12, 2009)

" The Guinness World Record for longest fingernails was broken Wednesday, so to speak.

"The fingernails Salt Lake City resident Lee Redmond has been growing since 1979 were broken off in a four-car pileup Wednesday in Holladay, said Salt Lake County sheriff's spokesman Don Hutson.

"Redmond was a passenger in one of the cars in the 1:30 p.m. crash. She and at least two others were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, Hutson said. She was ejected from the vehicle, Hutson said.

"Redmond's nails were 33 inches long when...."

Lee Redmond was taken to a hospital, and is in serious, but not life-threatening, condition, it says in other articles. I'm glad to hear that: the not-life-threatening part. Too bad about her nails, though. She must have put a lot of time, effort, and commitment into those.

Her accident is international news. It even got into Australia's Herald Sun: "Longest fingernails lost in car crash" ( (February 13, 2009)). That's impressive, considering the burning issues the land 'down under' is facing.

I'm interested in how the vehicle Lee Redmond was in is described: "one of the cars" (The Salt Lake Tribune), "an SUV" (The Los Angeles Times, The Associated Press), "4WD vehicle" (Herald Sun). My guess is that there are cultural, philosophical, and linguistic factors at work here. Too bad I don't have time to sort it all out.

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