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

Pauline Gross
July 14, 2018

Image sourceAccording to estimations, the combined length of Chillal's nails was a whopping 909.6 centimeters.

The world's longest fingernails have been cut.

Ripley's flew him to the United States for a special crew to use an electric dremel tool to slice off each nail.

Beginning with his curling, 6.5-foot long thumb nail, the nails were removed with a mini power saw, as seen in a Guinness World Records video. They together stretched about 30 feet, or the length of a bus, before he finally had them cut on Wednesday.

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

Ironically, the nails now on public display came about after a 14-year-old Chillal accidentally broke a very long nail his teacher had grown.

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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, a Guinness World Record holder, had the longest fingernails in the world, not having cut them since 1952.

He only grew the nails on his left hand.

"It was a very hard decision for me to cut my nails, but when I realised after cutting them they'd be at Ripley's Believe it or Not, and the museum is going to maintain them ... then I felt like I was making the right decision, and that's when I chose to cut my nails".

The weight of his nails has left him permanently handicapped and in constant pain - he can not open his hand or move his fingers. "With every heart beat all five fingers, my wrist, elbow and shoulder are hurting a lot and at the tip of the nail there's a burning sensation always", he told Guinness officials. In 2015, he told HuffPost India how hard it was to sleep with his long nails.

This is the moment that he finally said goodbye to his record-breaking nails.

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