Man with world's longest fingernails finally cuts them off

Clay Curtis
July 13, 2018

The 14-year-old then made a decision to take up a challenge to see how long he could go without trimming his nails.

Shridhar Chillal - from Pune, India - has been growing his fingernails since 1952.

Shridhar Chillal, an octogenarian from India, finally cut his nails after 66 years but his record of having the world's longest fingernails measuring over 31 feet has left his hand permanently handicapped.

They flew Chillal from Pune to NY to cut his nails and memorialise them forever in the museum.The museum will host a "nail clipping ceremony" today where Chillal's nails will be cut.

Shridhar Chillal, an octogenarian with the world's longest fingernails measuring over 9 metres, finally cut his coiled appendages after 66 years at a ceremony in NY. He entered the Guinness Book of World Records in 2016 for having the "Longest Fingernails on a Single Hand Ever". The teacher told Chillal that he wouldn't understand the kind of care it took not to break a long nail unless he did it himself. But why did Shridhar grow them so long in the first place? I spent 66 years of my life on my nails.

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They were cut by power tools at a ceremony in NY on Wednesday.

"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".

"I can't move much, so every half an hour or so I wake up and move my hand to the other side of the bed", he told Guinness World Records in 2015.

Growing his fingernails to this considerable length means he's not able to use or "open his hand from a closed position or flex his fingers". A nail technician performed the surgery armed with power tools at a ceremony in the Times Square Ripley's museum on Wednesday.

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