Man with world's longest fingernails grabs the clippers after 66 years

Indian man with world’s longest fingernails set to cut them after 66 years

The 82-year-old Chillal started growing his nails in 1952, when he was 14.

The 82-year-old record holder managed to get his nails to grow a collective length of about 29 feet, 10 inches before being officially honored by Guinness in November 2014. The Ripley's Believe It or Not museum in Times Square hosted a "nail clipping ceremony" on Wednesday where Chillal's nails were cut and preserved for an exhibition.

Shridhar Chillal of India displays his newly cut fingernails in NY. 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. The Guardian says the teacher told Chillal that he wouldn't understand what it meant to protect a nail unless he grew them himself.

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Nails that long have had quite an impact on Chillal's life. However, as he aged, his long nails were proving more challenging to maintain an ordinary lifestyle. "Now, forever my nails will be remembered and forever my nails will be seen by people from all over the world".

"Ripley's is privileged to display this truly unique and one-of-a-kind exhibit". "Chillal dedicated his life to something truly remarkable and Ripley's is the ideal home to honour his legacy".

He said decades of dealing with the weight of his nails has left his hand permanently unable to open or move his fingers. He broke the teacher's nail and they got very upset about it, so Shridhar made a decision to take on the challenge of growing his own nails. "When I chose to cut my nails, it was hard for me to make this decision, but when I realised that after cutting my nails, my nails will be at Ripley's Believe It or Not! and they're going to maintain it very nicely and for a lifetime, then I felt like I was doing the right decision and that's why I chose to cut my nails". Times Square, according to a media advisory.

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