After 66 Years of Growing, Longest Fingernails Are Cut

Indian man with world’s longest fingernails set to cut them after 66 years

Due to years of growing his nails, Chillal's left hand is handicapped. The 14-year-old then made a decision to take up a challenge to see how long he could go without trimming his nails. "Mr Chillal dedicated his life to something truly remarkable and Ripley's is the ideal home to honour his legacy", said Suzanne Smagala-Potts, PR Manager, Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Chillal, who has held the Guinness record since 1979, when the nails on his left hand measured a total 86.5 inches, had grown out his nails to a total 29 feet, 10.1 inches when they were clipped.

Shridhar Chillal, 82, has not used nail clippers on his left hand since 1952, when a teacher at his school lost his temper over his accidentally broken nail.

New York's Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum unveiled the left-hand fingernails of Shridhar Chillal, known as the Guinness World Record holder for the longest fingernails ever reached on a single hand, on Wednesday.

Beginning with his curling, 6.5-foot long thumb nail, the nails were removed with a mini power saw, as seen in a Guinness World Records video. In 2015, he told HuffPost India how hard it was to sleep with his long nails.

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"When I had my nails I took special care of them because they're a very delicate part of our body, I took care of them for a lifetime", he said.

It's not an easy business growing the world's longest nails.

Ripley's said it was privileged to display the "unique and one-of-a-kind" exhibit.

"I spent 66 years of my life on my nails", Mr Chillal said. He broke the teacher's nail and they got very upset about it, so Shridhar chose to take on the challenge of growing his own nails.

Growing his fingernails to this considerable length means he's not able to use or "open his hand from a closed position or flex his fingers". Ripley's has flown Chillal from India to the United States to cut his nails and forever memorialise them in a Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum. "Times Square", Ripley's Believe It or Not!

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