Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Man With World's Longest Fingernails Cuts Them After 66yrs

Man With World's Longest Fingernails Cuts Them After 66yrs

"While he may have cut his fingernails, his nails will be forever memorialized inside Ripley's Believe It or Not!". I spent 66 years of my life on my nails. "I can't move much, so every half an hour or so I wake up and move my hand to the other side of the bed", he told Guinness World Records. They together stretched about 30 feet, or the length of a bus, before he finally had them cut on Wednesday.

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.

Shridhar Chillal, an octogenarian with the world's longest fingernails measuring over 9 metres, finally cut his coiled appendages after 66 years at a ceremony in NY. According to Chillal, the teacher warned him about the level of care required to grow out nails and said he would never understand unless he experienced it for himself, reported The Guardian.

His right hand's nails were trimmed so that he could work and do daily tasks.

The weight of the long nails left Mr Chillal's hand in a permanently fixed position, unable to separate his fingers.

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"I am in pain".

Chillal holds the Guinness World Record for longest fingernails ever recorded on a single hand - 29ft, 10.1 inches in total. "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". In 2015, he told HuffPost India how hard it was to sleep with his long nails.

Chillal, 82, was flown in from India by the Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum in Times Square for a special event during which his fingernails were cut.

In a bid to prove his teacher wrong, the student went on to dedicate his life to taking care of his own long nails."I don't know whether the teacher is dead now or not but I would definitely like to say that the thing for which you scolded me, I took it as a challenge and I have completed the challenge and now, I am here", he told Sky News.

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