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Whether they're being dragged across a chalkboard or dragged across your face, fingernails can be incredibly gross and terrifying. When you get down to their fundamental elements, they're basically just horns for your fingers that will grow infinitely if you don't file them down. Even though they protect the mushy sensitive tips of the digits, they themselves can have a whole host of problems that are nightmarish and cringe-induing. 

So much dirt and debris manages to find it's way underneath the nailbeds that can lead to fungus, infection and general visual discomfort. Especially when you imagine someone biting their grimy nails to a bloody stump (you're welcome) and then chewing on the nail clippings.

On the other end of the spectrum, there are the people who grow their nails so long, they begin to curl like the golden locks flowing from Rapunzel's head. Except it's not hair, it's nails; disgusting keratin horns that are dangling from their fingers like the hands of Krampus on Christmas Eve...Just imagine what those feel like tickling your face while you sleep. 

Oh, and of course, don't forget about hangnails, the smallest, yet most painful injury next to stubbing your little toe. Or when you accidentally bend one of them backwards and your stomach does a rollercoaster flip straight into hell.

So, the next time you go to gnaw on your nails, maybe remember these pictures before you put them in your mouth. 


1. This person asked you to suck their fingers, WYD?

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via pinterest

2. Daddy why?

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via derekandroid

3. There's no way fecal matter isn't caught beneath their nails. 

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via cybrbeast

4. This is a vertical-growing nail.

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via medunjanin

5. "Spoon nails" is what happens when you have an iron deficiency.

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via nailsmag

6. Chris Walton stopped clipping her fingernails in 1993. 

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via ibtimes

7. FINGERNAIL WHY DIDN'T YOU PROTECT BETTER?

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via 4me2poopOn

8. Dear GOD, lady!

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via TwistedBlister

9. Nail clubbing is a finger deformity that indicates heart and lung disease or that you're an alien.

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via EllenPaoIsDumb

10. TFW you're the Babadook but still need to get those deals at J.C. Penny's.

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via hxcjosh23 

11. Honestly hate these baby's vampiric fingernails.

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via dailymail

12. Imagine taking a handful of these and shoving them in your mouth.

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via dguerre