Man with world's longest fingernails finally cuts them off

14 July, 2018, 05:48 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Owner of world's longest nails has them cut after growing them for 66 years

According to the Guinness World Records, when the nails on his left hand were last measured, they were 909.6cm long in total, which is about the same length as a London bus! "Now, forever my nails will be remembered and forever my nails will be seen by people from all over the world".

His fingernail exhibit will be unveiled at the Ripley's Believe It or Not museum at Times Square, New York. But, the nails that brought him fame came with its own set of problems.

He said decades of dealing with the weight of his nails has left his hand permanently unable to open or move his fingers.

Nails that long have had quite an impact on Chillal's life.

Chillal started growing his nails when he was just 14, after being scolded for breaking a teacher's nail.

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


Lucas Jackson / Reuters Shridhar Chillal of India displays his newly cut fingernails at an announcement that the five fingernails he grew for 66 years will be displayed in Ripley's Believe it or Not in NY.

Chillal recently travelled from India to New York City to have his nails removed for a museum display at Ripley's Believe It Or Not.

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

"Due to years of growing his nails and their weight, his left hand was permanently handicapped; he can not open his hand from a closed position or flex his fingers", the post said.

Chillal, a Guinness World Record holder, had the longest fingernails in the world, not having cut them since 1952. Historically, long nails are a sign of wealth for a man in India. The Guinness World Record holder is now finally said goodbye to his nails in an emotional farewell.

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