Man with the world’s longest nails cuts them after 66 years

Back in 1952, Chillal decided to see how long his fingernails could grow.

New Delhi: The man who held the world record for ‘Longest Fingernails on One Hand’, decided to get rid of them. Shridhar Chillal of Pune, hadn’t cut the fingernails on his left hand since 1952, when he was 14 and a teacher got mad at him for breaking a nail.

Back in 1952, Chillal decided to see how long his fingernails could grow, even though the Guinness Book of World Records didn’t exist then.

The 82-year-old record holder somehow managed to grow his nails to a collective length of about 29 feet, 10 inches before being officially honored by Guinness in November 2014! (unbelievable, right?)

But he decided to cut away an important part of his life earlier this week when he flew to New York to have the nails removed by a doctor. According to Patch New York, the doctor used a hand-held power grinder in a process that took about 20 minutes. The nails are now on display at the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Odditorium in Times Square.

“I was a little bit scared that my celebrity favor would go now, but today after coming here I realize that after this I have become a real celebrity,” Chillal told Patch New York through an interpreter. “Now, forever my nails will be remembered and forever my nails will be seen by people from all over the world.”

An important reason for Chillal to cut away his nails was that the collective weight of the nails made it impossible for him to open his hand from a closed position or even flex his fingers. Chillal attempted to cut his nails with a manual clipper, but that didn’t work.

“I am in pain. 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 World Records.

In 2015, he had told HuffPost India how hard it was to sleep with his long nails. “I can’t move much, so every half an hour or so I wake up and move my hand to the other side of the bed.”

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