Somehow, humans have put a man on the moon, but have not yet invented a way to cut fingernails without shards exploding all over the room like an organic pipe bomb. Every carpet in America has a quarter of a thumbnail embedded in it, even if no one has ever cut nails in that exact room.
The recent Kickstarter project is simple in premise: a clear plastic tube with rubber caps on both ends, which are perforated to allow your finger and a clipper to enter, but preventing the nail shrapnel from exiting. As inventor Gerard O'Leary states on the Kickstarter page, the idea came to him "when [he] saw a chap on the bus cutting his nails with no regard for anyone else and thought to [himself] how unsightly and unhygienic."
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As of this article's publish time, the project has reached $840 of its $3,679 goal with 14 days left for funding. To back the Nail Capsule, $8 (€7) plus shipping will snag you one Nail Capsule and a pair of clippers; $16 (€14) will get you two; and $22 (€20) will get you three.
In the end, $8 is a small price to pay to free the floors of the world from free-edge landmines. And isn't that the true sign of progress?