Man cuts fingernails for the first time in 66 years

Frederick Owens
July 14, 2018

Well, Shridhar. I hope you absolutely make the most of the rest of your life, no longer inhibited by your horrific nail situation.

Chillal said he chose to grow his nails out after a teacher yelled at him for breaking one of her own long nails.

The Indian man who is the 2016 Guinness Book of World Records title holder for having the "Longest Fingernails on a Single Hand Ever" will finally be cutting his fingernails which he started growing in 1952.

A man with fingernails longer than a bus finally cut them off during a "nail clipping ceremony" in NY earlier this week after 66 years of growing them out.

Shridhar Chillal, 82, went to New York City's "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" for the long-awaited clipping, according to a Wednesday report from Guinness World Records. The teacher said that Chillal would never understand the importance of what he had done because Chillal had never committed to anything.

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

He only grew the nails on his left hand, keeping his right hand trimmed. But he did find it hard to sleep or get comfortable without worrying about breaking one of his nails. "Times Square", Ripley's Believe It or Not!

The weight of the long nails left Mr Chillal's hand in a permanently fixed position, unable to separate his fingers. "Mr. Chillal dedicated his life to something truly remarkable and Ripley's is the ideal home to honor his legacy", said Suzanne Smagala-Potts, a Ripley's representative.

He admitted there were also perks to having the world's longest nails that he will miss. The historic surgical procedure, which took roughly 20 minutes to complete, took place at Ripley's Believe It or Not! "He approached us when he was ready to cut his nails", Ripley's spokesperson Suzanne Smagala-Potts told Gizmodo.

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