Man With World's Longest Fingernails Finally Cuts Them After 66 Years

Shridhar Chillal has been flown to the United States from India to cut his nails which will be preserved in a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum

Shridhar Chillal has been flown to the United States from India to cut his nails which will be preserved in a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum

Chillal's nails have had significant drawbacks on his health, though, and taken great care to maintain.

"But when I realised that after cutting my nails, my nails will be at Ripley's Believe It or Not! and they're going to maintain it very nicely and for a lifetime, then I felt like I was doing the right decision and that's why I chose to cut my nails".

The Times Square museum in NY of the American franchise "Ripley's Believe It or Not" will hold a "nail clipping ceremony" for the octogenarian. Well, this is Shridhar Chillal - and he has been growing the fingernails on his left hand for a massive 66 YEARS.

After about 64 years, when he had grown his nails to a total length of 909.6 cm (9.1 m), Chillal's name found a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for having "Longest Fingernails on a Single Hand Ever" in 2016.

Chillal, 82, has not cut the fingernails on his left hand since 1952 and has the longest fingernails in the world. "Mr. Chillal dedicated his life to something truly remarkable and Ripley's is the ideal home to honor his legacy", said Suzanne Smagala-Potts, a Ripley's representative. His longest nail was on his thumb. "While he may have cut his fingernails, his nails will be forever memorialized inside Ripley's Believe It or Not!".

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They took 66 years to grow but only a couple of minutes to chop off.

Due to years of growing the nails and the weight of the same, his hand now suffers the disability. "I never have to wait in a queue", he said. Chilal certainly took that to heart: when last measured, his nails had a combined length of 29ft 10.1in, which is about the same length as a London bus.

Despite his abnormally long nails: Chillal got married, had two kids, and worked as a government press photographer.

Before Williams, Christine Walton held the title from 2011 with nails measured at 19 feet and nine inches until she cut them off.

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