Man with world's longest fingernails grabs the clippers after 66 years

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

The world's longest fingernails have been cut.

The record holder, from Pune, India, stopped trimming his fingernails in 1952 after he was told off by a teacher for messing around with a friend and accidentally breaking the teacher's nail.

Shridhar Chillal, 82, finally got his fingernails cut after 66 years of growing them out.

"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".

Now 82, Mr Chillal, from Pune, India, chose to cut his nails when a NY museum promised to "maintain them very nicely and for a lifetime". Chillal's longest single nail is his thumbnail, measuring 197.8 centimetres. Chillal has said that his nails were so fragile that he has to be very careful not to break them while sleeping: "I can't move much, so every half an hour or so I wake up and move my hand to the other side of the bed".

It's not an easy business growing the world's longest nails. I spent 66 years of my life on my nails. They together stretched about 30 feet, or the length of a bus, before he finally had them cut on Wednesday. "I never have to wait in a queue", he told Guinness World Records.

Well, Shridhar. I hope you absolutely make the most of the rest of your life, no longer inhibited by your horrific nail situation. "While he may have cut his fingernails, his nails will be forever memorialized inside Ripley's Believe It or Not!".

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". Museum in Times Square, where Chillal's severed talons will be put on display to the public.

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