Man with world's longest fingernails finally cuts them off

Longest nails 1

Longest nails 1

"After 66 years of growth, record-breaker Shridhar Chillal from India has cut off his enormous fingernails - which will now go on display at @ripleysbelieveitornot in Times Square, New York, USA", the post said.

Chillal, who has held the Guinness record since 1979, when the nails on his left hand measured a total 86.5 inches, had grown out his nails to a total 29 feet, 10.1 inches when they were clipped.

The clipped nails will now be on display at the Ripley's Believe it or Not! museum.

It is estimated that the nails have a combined length of 909.6 centimeters.

Nails that long have had quite an impact on Chillal's life.

To that end, you may or may not be aware of Shridhar Chillal - the man with the longest fingernails in the world. "He approached us when he was ready to cut his nails", Ripley's spokesperson Suzanne Smagala-Potts told Gizmodo.

It's not an easy business growing the world's longest nails.

He broke the teacher's nail and they got very upset about it, so Shridhar made a decision to take on the challenge of growing his own nails.

The nails prevented him from sleeping properly - he had to wake up regularly to check they weren't being crushed.

When it came time to cut off his nails they had to use power tools to cut through each one. "If I had chose to cut my nails, I would not have a Guinness World Records title now". The teacher said that Chillal would never understand the importance of what he had done because Chillal had never committed to anything.

The weight of the long nails left Mr Chillal's hand in a permanently fixed position, unable to separate his fingers. In 2015, he told HuffPost India how hard it was to sleep with his long nails.

"After being recognised by Guinness World Records, I felt like I had achieved the biggest goal in my life", Chillal said in the video.

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