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

Owner of world's longest nails has them cut after growing them for 66 years

Man With World's Longest Fingernails Finally Cuts Them After 66 Years

The holder of the Guinness world record for the longest fingernails has finally chose 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. But why did Shridhar grow them so long in the first place?

Chillal, 82, recently retired his fingernails to Ripley's after growing them for 66 years.

When asked by Guinness World Records in 2015 how his nails affect his life, Shridhar said they were extremely fragile and he needed to take care when sleeping.

Now 82, Mr Chillal, from Pune, India, chose to cut his nails when a NY museum promised to "maintain them very nicely and for a lifetime".

The teacher said Mr Chillal would never understand what it took to take care of long fingernails and the student set out to prove his teacher wrong, going on to dedicate his life to taking care of his claws.

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Growing his nails didn't keep Chillal from getting married, having two children or becoming a government press photographer.

The record holder, from Pune, India, stopped trimming his fingernails in 1952 after he was told off by a teacher for messing around with a friend and accidentally breaking the teacher's nail.

Chillal holds the Guinness World Record for longest fingernails ever recorded on a single hand - 29ft, 10.1 inches in total.

His fingernails will be permanently displayed at Ripley's Believe It or Not in Times Square, NYC. "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", he told Guinness officials. However, as he aged, his long nails were proving more challenging to maintain an ordinary lifestyle. The world record holder suffered several difficulties due to the extraordinarily long nails that he had grown over the years.

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