Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Indian record holder to cut world's longest fingernails after 66 years

Indian record holder to cut world's longest fingernails after 66 years

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.

Or rather, a technician wearing a face mask and wielding a power tool carefully removed them during a "nail clipping ceremony" in NY.

Chillal's teacher's words proved true, the world-record holder said he had to take delicate care of his nails and he took care of them for a lifetime. He had made a decision to grow his nails when he was scolded by his school teacher as a result of accidentally breaking the teacher's long nail.

"I took it as a challenge", said Mr. Chillal, and there was no looking back.

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The nails, however, eventually became a burden for the 88-year-old man, whose left hand is permanently handicapped. His right hand's nails are trimmed. 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. He can not open his hand from a closed position or flex his fingers, the statement said. "Mr. Chillal dedicated his life to something truly remarkable and Ripley's is the ideal home to honor his legacy", Ripley's Suzanne Smagala-Potts, said. The museum will host a "nail clipping ceremony" today where Chillal's nails will be cut. Times Square, Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Despite that, he's married with two children and three grandchildren, and was a photographer at a government agricultural magazine for 22 years. In 2015, he told HuffPost India how hard it was to sleep with his long nails.

The Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum in Times Square, where Chillal's severed talons will be put on display to the public.

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