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After 66 Years of Growing, Longest Fingernails Are Cut

After 66 Years of Growing, Longest Fingernails Are Cut

Do you ever get annoyed when your parents want you to cut your fingernails?

A school yard incident prompted the challenge for Shridhar Chillal to grow his nails on his left hand when he was a teenager.

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

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In November 2014, Chillal's fingernails were measured in Pune City, Maharashtra, to have a combined length of 29.8 feet, with his thumb being the longest at 77.9 inches, according to Guinness World Records.

"It was a very hard decision for me to cut my nails, but when I realised after cutting them they'd be at Ripley's Believe it or Not, and the museum is going to maintain them ... then I felt like I was making the right decision, and that's when I chose to cut my nails".

It's the end of an era for the man who holds the world record for Longest Fingernails on One Hand. However, as he aged, his long nails were proving more challenging to maintain an ordinary lifestyle. His longest nail was of his thumbnail, which measured 197.8 centimeters. The teacher said Chillal would never understand the attention to detail and level of care required to take care of long fingernails. I spent 66 years of my life on my nails.

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But he chose to cut away an important part of his life earlier this week when he flew to NY to have the nails removed by a doctor.

Chillal chose to see how long he could grow them, even though the Guinness Book of World Records didn't exist then. Due to the nails' weight over six decades, however, Chillal's left hand is permanently disfigured, leaving him unable to open his hand or flex his fingers. "When I chose to cut my nails, it was hard for me to make this decision, but when I realised that after cutting my nails, my nails will be at Ripley's Believe It or Not! and they're going to maintain it very nicely and for a lifetime, then I felt like I was doing the right decision and that's why I chose to cut my nails". Museum in Times Square.

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