Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

The man with the world's longest fingernails finally had them cut

The man with the world's longest fingernails finally had them cut

They together stretched about 30 feet, or the length of a bus, before he finally had them cut on Wednesday. His longest nail was of his thumbnail, which measured 197.8 centimeters.

Shridhar Chillal during his nail clipping ceremony.

An 82-year-old Indian man who holds the Guinness World Record for longest nails on a single hand finally clipped them in NY.

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.

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Shridhar's nails will now be displayed at Ripley's Believe It or Not! in Times Square.

Though his fragile nails complicated many everyday activities, like sleeping, Chillal has led a mostly normal life.

Speaking through a museum interpreter he said: "I don't know if the teacher is dead now or not, but I would definitely like to say the thing that you scolded me for, I took it as a challenge".

Ripley's said it was privileged to display the "unique and one-of-a-kind" exhibit.

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Due to years of growing his nails, Chillal's left hand is handicapped.

Mr Chillal said he did not take the decision to part ways with his nails lightly. Odditorium in Times Square. But he did find it hard to sleep or get comfortable without worrying about breaking one of his nails. 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. I spent 66 years of my life on my nails. His longest nail was on his thumb. The historic surgical procedure, which took roughly 20 minutes to complete, took place at Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Ripley's reported that Chillal's nails had grown to exceed 350 inches and showed photos of them both curled and stretched out over a table.

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