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

Blanche Robertson
July 12, 2018

To that end, you may or may not be aware of Shridhar Chillal - the man with the longest fingernails in the world. He was flown from Pune to NY for this ceremony by Ripley's Believe It or Not museum - where his nails will be immortalized.

Chillal's nails were estimated to have a combined length of 909.6 centimeters, as measured by Guinness on November 17, 2014. The 82-year-old, from Pune, India, managed to grow his left hand nails to a collective length of about 29 feet, 10 inches over the course of 66 years. He said that his last wish was for him to get compensation with his cut nail exhibit since he was not able to earn much with his long fingernails. Museum in Times Square, where Chillal's severed talons will be put on display to the public.

The holder of the Guinness world record for the longest fingernails has finally made a decision to trim his alpha-keratin opus, which grew over past 66 years to a combined length of a city bus and will now be put on display in NY.

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"I was a little bit scared that my celebrity favor would go now, but today after coming here I realize that after this I have become a real celebrity", Chillal told Patch New York through an interpreter.

It's not an easy business growing the world's longest nails. "I never have to wait in a queue", he told Guinness World Records. In a nail clipping ceremony yesterday, Mr Chillal finally cut his nails. "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". The doctor used a hand-held power grinder in a process that took about 20 minutes, according to Patch New York. His longest nail was on his thumb.

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