Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Indian record holder to cut world's longest fingernails after 66 years

Indian record holder to cut world's longest fingernails after 66 years

He has gone for about 66 years without clipping a nail of his left hand, making him a Guinness World Record holder in 2016 for the "Longest Fingernails on a Single Hand Ever". He was taken to NY for the nail clipping ceremony by "Ripley's Believe It or Not!".

Chillal's nails seen sprawled out across a table.

It's estimated the nails have a combined length of 909.6 centimetres. His thumbnail alone matched the height of any National Basketball Association player, spanning 197.8cm (6.48 ft) in length.

A new exhibit opens today at Ripley's Believe It or Not! in Times Square - the world's longest fingernails.

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The 82-year old had requested to "immortalize" his cut nails by displaying them in a museum, per his YouTube profile video for Guinness posted in 2015.

Shridhar Chillal, who hails from Pune, India has been growing his fingernails since 1952 but has made a decision to finally cut them over six decades later.

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".

Chillal attempted to cut his supersized nails with a manual clipper, but that didn't work. Chillal constantly has his hand in this bag so the nails do not get ruined.

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THEY were the fingernails that took over 60 years to grow.

It's not an easy business growing the world's longest nails.

In a post on Instagram, the Guinness World Records described the occasion as "the end of an era". "Times Square." Suzanne Smagala-Potts, PR manager, Ripley's Believe It or Not! His cut fingernails are laid flat in a memorial case and span a length of over 31 feet, the height of a three-story building, according to a statement by Ripley's.

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