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A school yard incident prompted the challenge for Shridhar Chillal to grow his nails on his left hand when he was a teenager.
A school yard incident prompted the challenge for Shridhar Chillal to grow his nails on his left hand when he was a teenager. Courtesy Photo

Man with World’s Longest Fingernails Cuts them After 66 Years

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".
posted onJuly 12, 2018
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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.

Man displays newly cut very long fingernails.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.

Close-up of man with freshly cut nails.The weight of his nails has left permanent damage to Shridhar Chillal's hand. Courtesy Photo

(ABC News)

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