Feats of Strength: How to Bend a Nail in Half
Nails are made up of many different kinds of cells called cells. Each cell has its own unique shape and structure. The most common type of cells found in nails are known as platelets or blood platelets. These types of cells make up the main part that makes up your body’s defense system against infection, injury, and bleeding.
When a small amount of blood gets into the wound area, it helps stop the bleeding. If there is too much blood, then the body will try to drain the excess out through other parts of your body such as your heart or lungs. However if there isn’t enough blood to keep up with the flow, then it can cause death due to lack of oxygen.
The nail itself is composed of two layers of keratin (the same substance that makes up human hair). One layer consists of the outermost layer which is made up of protein fibers and collagen fibers. The second layer consist of the innermost layer which are made up of elastin fibers. When you pull on a nail, these proteins and elastin fibers break off from one another causing them to separate from each other.
This causes the nail to bend slightly. The break off fibers are slowly absorbed back into your body.
But it is possible to bend a nail in half. You just need to know how to do it. If you don’t mind your nails getting ruined, then you could try using a hammer or pliers to bend it in half. Alternatively, you can use a pair of thick leather gloves or gym weight lifting glove and try to bend it in half.
It will take several tries because your hands will get tired very quickly. However you can always take breaks and try again later.
It is possible to do this with your finger nails as well, however you need to cut them down a lot shorter in order for them not to break. If you were able to bend a nail in half, then it means that your hand strength is much stronger than the average person. So far, nobody has been able to bend their own finger nails in half (at least not that I know of).
It is also possible to use a pair of plyers or some other tool that has a good grip on it. A lot of people have tried to do this, but nobody has ever been able to do so. So far, the strongest man alive can’t bend a single one of his own finger nails using any tool he can get his hands on. If you can do this, then you would truly be unstoppable.
If you ever break a nail and it starts to bleed, then you can put super glue on it and bond the broken pieces back together. Then with enough time and patience, the broken piece should grow out and turn back into its normal shape. This could take many months though. I do not believe that it is possible to do this using any kind of tool.
It is believed that the human body just doesn’t have the strength to bend any of its own finger nails. So far, nobody has been able to prove this theory wrong, but maybe one day someone will.
It’s also possible to make an attempt at bending a single finger nail using a prying tool or even a small metal bar. The closer you can get to the base of the finger nail, the easier it will be to attempt to bend it. However, you will need to make sure that you don’t bend or break the nail at the cutting level. The closer you can get to the base, the less leverage that will be on the outside and it will most likely bend easier.
If you do manage to bend a nail (any nail), then you will most likely end up breaking it because most finger and toenails are very brittle when they are not used to any kind of stress.
If you happen to break a single finger or toenail and it starts to bleed, then you should use a band aid to stop the bleeding. Once the bleeding has stopped, try to bend the nail in a way that it will most likely go back into its original position. It might take a few hours, a few days or even longer for the nail to go back into its original position completely. Once it does, then you won’t ever have to worry about breaking it again in the same place.
Nobody has ever tried to remove a finger or toenail and then try to grow it back through various ways (i.e. super glue, bonding agent, etc). It is possible that if you removed the entire nail and kept it in an environment void of any stress, that it would grow back.
However, I don’t believe that it would ever be as strong as it originally was. There might be other factors involved as well.
I’ve always considered the possibility of getting a fake nail made for a finger or toenail in order to give it some added strength. It would most likely be more time consuming, but in some cases it might be worth while if you were to bend that particular finger or toenail a lot.
So those are all the possible ways that you can bend your own finger and toenails.
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