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Man with world's longest fingernails gets them cut after 66 years

14 July 2018, 05:44 | Darnell Patrick

Owner of world's longest nails has them cut after growing them for 66 years

Shridhar Chillal has been flown to the United States from India to cut his nails which will be preserved in a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum

Chillal tried to cut the nails himself with a clipper, despite the fact that his thumbnail looked like a legit tree branch, and unsurprisingly had little success.

New York's Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum unveiled the left-hand fingernails of Shridhar Chillal, known as the Guinness World Record holder for the longest fingernails ever reached on a single hand, on Wednesday.

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

On 17 November 2014, he set the Guinness World Record for having the longest fingernails on a single hand.

"I don't know whether the teacher is dead now or not but I would definitely like to say that the thing for which you scolded me, I took it as a challenge and I have completed the challenge and now, I am here", Chillal told Reuters.

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

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Growing his nails didn't keep Chillal from getting married, having two children or becoming a government press photographer.

The nails, however, eventually became a burden for the 88-year-old man, whose left hand is permanently handicapped. 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.

There were other reasons why Chillal was willing to cut away an important part of his life: The collective weight of the nails has made it impossible for Chillal to open his hand from a closed position or flex his fingers. Odditorium in Times Square. "He approached us when he was ready to cut his nails", Ripley's spokesperson Suzanne Smagala-Potts told Gizmodo.

Ripley's flew him to the United States for a special crew to use an electric dremel tool to slice off each nail. In 2015, he told HuffPost India how hard it was to sleep with his long nails.

Photo: Ripley's Believe It or Not!



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