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

In November 2014, Chillal's fingernails were measured in Pune City, Maharashtra, to have a combined length of 29.8 feet, with his thumb being the longest at 77.9 inches, according to Guinness World Records. But why did Shridhar grow them so long in the first place?

The nails are now on display at the Ripley's Believe It Or Not!

I think we can all basically agree there is no better part of any given Guinness World Records book than the section about people with extreme body stuff going on.

"When I chose to cut my nails, it was hard for me to make this decision", he said.

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After growing his fingernails for 66 YEARS, the man with the world's longest fingernails has finally had them cut - and they've gone on display in NY!

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

Shridhar Chillal during his nail clipping ceremony.

Chillal said he chose to grow his nails out after a teacher yelled at him for breaking one of her own long nails.

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No word on how Chillal is adapting to the lighter load on his left hand, but life just became easier for him in many ways.

Finally deciding to change his life, the Guinness World Record holder (for the "longest fingernails on a single hand") flew to NY to seek aid from a doctor. Due to years of growing his nails and the weight of the nails, his hand is permanently handicapped.

His world record fingernails will now be put on display at the Ripley's Believe it or Not! location in Times Square. "With every heart beat all five fingers, my wrist, elbow and shoulder are hurting a lot and at the tip of the nail there's a burning sensation always", he told Guinness officials. Historically, long nails are a sign of wealth for a man in India.

"I spent 66 years of my life on my nails", Mr Chillal said.

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