Man cuts nails on left hand for first time since 1952

Man cuts nails on left hand for first time since 1952

No word on how Chillal is adapting to the lighter load on his left hand, but life just became easier for him in many ways. He had made a decision to grow his nails when he was scolded by his school teacher as a result of accidentally breaking the teacher's long nail.

Shridhar Chillal, 82, finally got his fingernails cut after 66 years of growing them out.

Chillal's nails were estimated to have a combined length of 909.6 centimeters, as measured by Guinness on November 17, 2014.

"While he may have cut his fingernails, his nails will be forever memorialized inside Ripley's Believe It or Not!".

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.

Per the Guinness World Records, Chillal started growing his nails at age 14 after a teacher told him off for breaking his long nail.


Adjudicators noted his thumbnail measured an unbelievable 197.8cm and curled into a tight coil at the end. The Guardian says the teacher told Chillal that he wouldn't understand what it meant to protect a nail unless he grew them himself.

He only grew the nails on his left hand. "Mr. Chillal dedicated his life to something truly remarkable and Ripley's is the flawless home to honor his legacy", said Suzanne Smagala-Potts, a Ripley's representative.

I think we can all basically agree there is no better part of any given Guinness World Records book than the section about people with extreme body stuff going on. The world record holder suffered several difficulties due to the extraordinarily long nails that he had grown over the years.

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

The weight of his nails has left him permanently handicapped and in constant pain - he can not open his hand or move his fingers. The museum will host a "nail clipping ceremony" today where Chillal's nails will be cut. Odditorium in Times Square.

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