Global News

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

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

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

Chillal started growing his nails when he was just 14, after being scolded for breaking a teacher's nail. "Mr Chillal dedicated his life to something truly remarkable and Ripley's is the flawless home to honour his legacy", said Suzanne Smagala-Potts, PR Manager, Ripley's Believe It or Not! Image sourceAccording to estimations, the combined length of Chillal's nails was a whopping 909.6 centimeters. Or rather, a technician wearing a face mask and wielding a power tool carefully removed them during a "nail clipping ceremony" in NY.

Shridhar Chillal's extraordinarily long nails have now gone on display at the Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum in NY.

Chillal holds the Guinness World Record for longest fingernails ever recorded on a single hand - 29ft, 10.1 inches in total. Chillal's longest single nail is his thumbnail, measuring 197.8 centimetres.

"When I chose to cut my nails, it was hard for me to make this decision", he said. "Now, forever my nails will be remembered and forever my nails will be seen by people from all over the world".




They were cut by power tools at a ceremony in NY on Wednesday.

Though his fragile nails complicated many everyday activities, like sleeping, Chillal has led a mostly normal life. I spent 66 years of my life on my nails.

Chillal chose to see how long he could grow them, even though the Guinness Book of World Records didn't exist then.

The weight of his nails has left him permanently handicapped and in constant pain - he can not open his hand or move his fingers. "While he may have cut his fingernails, his nails will be forever memorialized inside Ripley's Believe It or Not!". A nail technician performed the surgery armed with power tools at a ceremony in the Times Square Ripley's museum on Wednesday.