Man with the world's longest fingernails gets them cut

Cheryl Sanders
July 14, 2018

The fingernails have been acquired by Ripley's, which will display them at the museum here.

New York's Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum unveiled the left-hand fingernails of Shridhar Chillal, known as the Guinness World Record holder for the longest fingernails ever reached on a single hand, on Wednesday. The teacher said that Chillal would never understand the importance of what he had done because Chillal had never committed to anything.

Chillal explained that he started growing the nails at age 14, after being scolded by a teacher for causing her to break her nail.

On 17 November 2014, he set the Guinness World Record for having the longest fingernails on a single hand.

When asked about having them cut, Shridhar said: "When I had my nails, I took very special care of [them] because nails are a very delicate part of our body".

Chillal's decision to finally let go of his 66-year-old nails could have been influenced by the level of care required to maintain them. "Times Square", Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Ripley's said it was privileged to display the "unique and one-of-a-kind" exhibit. "Mr. Chillal dedicated his life to something truly remarkable and Ripley's is the ideal home to honor his legacy", said Suzanne Smagala-Potts, a Ripley's representative. Due to years of growing his nails and their weight, his left hand is permanently handicapped; he can not open his hand from a closed position or flex his fingers. Historically, long nails are a sign of wealth for a man in India.

The weight of the nails has been a source of constant pain and left him handicapped. The historic surgical procedure, which took roughly 20 minutes to complete, took place at Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Shridhar Chillal of India displays his newly cut fingernails in NY.

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