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

Shridhar Chillal of India displays his newly cut fingernails at an announcement that the five fingernails he grew for 66 year

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

His cut fingernails are laid flat in a memorial case and span a length of over 31 feet, the height of a three-story building, according to a statement by Ripley's.

The 82-year-old had been growing his nails since 1952, when he was 14, after being told off by a teacher for accidentally breaking his long nail. Chillal's fingernail exhibit will be officially unveiled at Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Chillal's nails were estimated to have a combined length of 909.6 centimeters, as measured by Guinness on November 17, 2014. But they weren't destroyed: Chillal ultimately did away with the nails after New York City's Ripley's Believe It or Not!

To that end, you may or may not be aware of Shridhar Chillal - the man with the longest fingernails in the world.

Chillal holds the Guinness World Record for longest fingernails ever recorded on a single hand - 29ft, 10.1 inches in total.

Nails that long have had quite an impact on Chillal's life. But why did Shridhar grow them so long in the first place? But, over six decades later, he's made a decision to cut them. "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. The Guardian says the teacher told Chillal that he wouldn't understand what it meant to protect a nail unless he grew them himself.

"After being recognised by Guinness World Records, I felt like I had achieved the biggest goal in my life", Chillal said in the video. The museum will host a "nail clipping ceremony" today where Chillal's nails will be cut. Due to years of growing his nails and their weight, his left hand is permanently handicapped; he can not open his hand from a closed position or flex his fingers. A nail technician performed the surgery armed with power tools at a ceremony in the Times Square Ripley's museum on Wednesday.

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