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

Lucas Jackson / Reuters Shridhar Chillal of India displays his newly cut fingernails at an announcement that the five fingernails he grew for 66 years will be displayed in Ripley's Believe it or Not in NY.

He only grew the nails on his left hand, keeping his right hand trimmed.

"At the age of 82, having grown the nails on his left hand for 66 years, Sridhar Chillal (Longest fingernails on a single hand - ever) is finally having them cut", the video said.

"I don't know whether the teacher is dead now or not but I would definitely like to say that the thing for which you scolded me, I took it as a challenge and I have completed the challenge and now, I am here", Chillal told Reuters.

"I have competed the challenge and now I'm here."
"If I had made a decision to cut my nails, I would not have a Guinness World Records title now".

He had not cut the fingernails on his left hand since 1952. Chillal's longest single nail is his thumbnail, measuring 197.8 centimeters.

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Mr Chillal said he did not take the decision to part ways with his nails lightly.

The nails prevented him from sleeping properly - he had to wake up regularly to check they weren't being crushed. "Mr. Chillal dedicated his life to something truly remarkable and Ripley's is the ideal home to honor his legacy", Ripley's Suzanne Smagala-Potts, said.

"It was a very hard decision for me to cut my nails, but when I realised after cutting them they'd be at Ripley's Believe it or Not, and the museum is going to maintain them ... then I felt like I was making the right decision, and that's when I chose to cut my 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".

Mr Chillal's unusual choice didn't stop him from leading a normal life with his wife, two children and grandchildren.

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