Guinness record holder cuts nails for first time in 66 years

Shridhar Chillal has been flown to the United States from India to cut his nails which will be preserved in a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum

Shridhar Chillal has been flown to the United States from India to cut his nails which will be preserved in a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum

Shridhar Chillal, the 66-year-old Indian man with nails as long as a London bus, has finally had them chopped off.

The fingernails have been acquired by Ripley's, which will display them at the museum here. The teacher told the young Chillal that he would never understand how hard it was to take care of such long fingernails.

Shridhar Chillal during his nail clipping ceremony.

He entered the Guinness Book of World Records in 2016 for having the "Longest Fingernails on a Single Hand Ever".

"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", Chillal told Reuters.

Due to years of growing his nails, Chillal's left hand is handicapped.

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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".

Ripley's said it was privileged to display the "unique and one-of-a-kind" exhibit.

Despite opposition from his parents, he said he would be able to work with one hand, eventually becoming a photographer with a customised handle to accommodate his nails when using the camera.

"Chillal dedicated his life to something truly remarkable and Ripley's is the ideal home to honor his legacy", a rep says, per the Hindu. "Times Square", Ripley's Believe It or Not! His nails didn't stop him from leading a normal life, however.

The weight of the long nails left Mr Chillal's hand in a permanently fixed position, unable to separate his fingers. However, as he aged, his long nails were proving more challenging to maintain an ordinary lifestyle. "While he may have cut his fingernails, his nails will be forever memorialized inside Ripley's Believe It or Not!".

Photo: Ripley's Believe It or Not!

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