Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Man with world's longest fingernails gets them cut after 66 years

Man with world's longest fingernails gets them cut after 66 years

The teacher said Chillal would never understand the attention to detail and level of care required to take care of long fingernails. "When I chose to cut my nails, it was hard for me to make this decision, but when I realised that after cutting my nails, my nails will be at Ripley's Believe It or Not! and they're going to maintain it very nicely and for a lifetime, then I felt like I was doing the right decision and that's why I chose to cut my nails".

Shridhar Chillal, 82, has not used nail clippers on his left hand since 1952, when a teacher at his school lost his temper over his accidentally broken nail.

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. 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. "Mr. Chillal dedicated his life to something truly remarkable and Ripley's is the flawless home to honor his legacy", said Suzanne Smagala-Potts, a Ripley's representative.

Well, Shridhar. I hope you absolutely make the most of the rest of your life, no longer inhibited by your horrific nail situation. The museum will host a "nail clipping ceremony" today where Chillal's nails will be cut.

They took 66 years to grow but only a couple of minutes to chop off.

He admitted there were also perks to having the world's longest nails that he will miss.

"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 in 2015. His longest nail was of his thumbnail, which measured 197.8 centimeters. Chilal certainly took that to heart: when last measured, his nails had a combined length of 29ft 10.1in, which is about the same length as a London bus.

Like this: