The 82-year-old had been growing his nails since 1952, when he was 14, after being told off by a teacher for accidentally breaking his long nail. His fingernail exhibit will be officially unveiled at Ripley's Believe It or Not!
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.
Lucas Jackson / Reuters Shridhar Chillal of India displays his newly cut fingernails at an announcement that the five fingernails he grew for 66 years will be displayed in Ripley's Believe it or Not in NY.
Beginning with his curling, 6.5-foot long thumb nail, the nails were removed with a mini power saw, as seen in a Guinness World Records video. The Guinness World Record holder is now finally said goodbye to his nails in an emotional farewell. Chillal's longest single nail is his thumbnail, measuring 197.8 centimetres. But why did Shridhar grow them so long in the first place? "Chillal dedicated his life to something truly remarkable and Ripley's is the flawless home to honour his legacy". 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.
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. 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. "While he may have cut his fingernails, his nails will be forever memorialized inside Ripley's Believe It or Not!".
His nails will be on display for all to see at Ripley's Believe It or Not! in Times Square.