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September 27, 2004
Carla tells me she keeps toe- and fingernail clippings in a white ceramic mason jar marked FLOUR and lines it up alongside two similar jars labelled SUGAR and COFFEE on her kitchen counter. She collects the clippings from the salon where she works seven hours a day, five days a week, as a nail technician.

Carla mixes the clippings into cookie dough when she runs out of nuts and sprinkles them atop salads in place of bacon bits.

Her family doesn't complain, though, because it's better than the stuff she brought home when she was employed as a bikini-line waxer.