Pune Man With Longest Fingernails Finds Hand Disabled After Cutting Them

Erika Holt
July 13, 2018

He only grew the nails on his left hand, keeping his right hand trimmed.

Eighty-two-year-old Shridhar Chillal will finally be cutting the fingernails on his left hand after 66 years, as reported by Hindustan Times today, July 11.

Ironically, the nails now on public display came about after a 14-year-old Chillal accidentally broke a very long nail his teacher had grown. 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 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. The Guinness World Record holder is now is finally ready to say goodbye to his nails.

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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. His thumbnail, the longest of the set, measures an incredible 197.8cm (77.8ins). "Now, forever my nails will be remembered and forever my nails will be seen by people from all over the world".

"When I had my nails I took special care of them because they're a very delicate part of our body, I took care of them for a lifetime", he said. "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", he told Guinness World Records.

Despite Mr Chillal's fingernails causing him to lose function in his left hand due to their weight and length, and his fingers being permanently fused together, he went on work as a photographer for a government agricultural magazine for 22 years. Times Square, according to a media advisory. "While he may have cut his fingernails, his nails will be forever memorialized inside Ripley's Believe It or Not!".

Before Williams, Christine Walton held the title from 2011 with nails measured at 19 feet and nine inches until she cut them off.

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