Man cuts fingernails for the first time in 66 years


The nails have a combined measurement of 909.6 centimetres, with his thumbnail as the longest single nail at 197.8 centimetres.

The exhibit will be on display at the museum starting Wednesday.

"After 66 years of growth, record-breaker Shridhar Chillal from India has cut off his enormous fingernails - which will now go on display at @ripleysbelieveitornot in Times Square, New York, USA", the post said.

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

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

Chillal holds the Guinness World Record for longest fingernails ever recorded on a single hand - 29ft, 10.1 inches in total.

"I took it as a challenge", said Chillal.

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While Chillal kept the nails on his right hand trimmed, his record breaking nails on his left hand weighed heavily on his daily life.

"Chillal dedicated his life to something truly remarkable and Ripley's is the flawless home to honor his legacy", a rep says, per the Hindu.

"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 82-year-old Indian man told Sky News he started growing out his nails when he was 14.

He told the Guinness World Records that his left hand is permanently handicapped and he can't open his hand or flex his fingers. Times Square, according to a media advisory.

For most his life, Chillal's nails have made his life more hard. However, as he aged, his long nails were proving more challenging to maintain an ordinary lifestyle. The historic surgical procedure, which took roughly 20 minutes to complete, took place at Ripley's Believe It or Not!