After 66 years the man who holds the Guinness World Record for the longest fingernails ever recorded on a single hand decided it was time for a break — and finally cut his nails.
A school yard incident prompted the challenge for Shridhar Chillal to grow his nails on his left hand when he was a teenager.
Now 82, Mr Chillal, from Pune, India, decided to cut his nails when a New York museum promised to "maintain them very nicely and for a lifetime".
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.
Mr Chillal was officially recognised in 2014 by the Guinness World Records as the person with the longest fingernails ever on a single hand.
He had not cut the fingernails on his left hand since 1952.
They measured a cumulative length of 909.6 centimetres for the record.
Shridhar Chillal was convinced it was time for a break when Ripley's Believe it or Not! promised a good home for his nails. Courtesy Photo
Adjudicators noted his thumbnail measured an unbelievable 197.8cm and curled into a tight coil at the end.
"When I had my nails I took special care of them because they're a very delicate part of our body, I took care of them for a lifetime," he said.
The nails prevented him from sleeping properly — he had to wake up regularly to check they weren't being crushed.
"I spent 66 years of my life on my nails," Mr Chillal said.
"It was a very difficult 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 decided to cut my nails."
The weight of the long nails left Mr Chillal's hand in a permanently fixed position, unable to separate his fingers.
The weight of his nails has left permanent damage to Shridhar Chillal's hand. Courtesy Photo