Ripley’s Believe It or Not unveils world’s longest fingernails

The world's longest fingernails have been cut. 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 - from Pune, India - has been growing his fingernails since 1952. It is estimated that the nails have a combined length of 909.6 centimetres.

His fingernails will be permanently displayed at Ripley's Believe It or Not in Times Square, NYC.

After growing his fingernails for 66 YEARS, the man with the world's longest fingernails has finally had them cut - and they've gone on display 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.

Adjudicators noted his thumbnail measured an unbelievable 197.8cm and curled into a tight coil at the end.

He only grew the nails on his left hand.

Ripley's said it was privileged to display the "unique and one-of-a-kind" exhibit.

"Chillal dedicated his life to something truly remarkable and Ripley's is the ideal home to honor his legacy", a rep says, per the Hindu. According to Chillal, the teacher warned him about the level of care required to grow out nails and said he would never understand unless he experienced it for himself, reported The Guardian.

Chillal chose to see how long he could grow them, even though the Guinness Book of World Records didn't exist then. Due to years of growing his nails and their weight, his left hand is permanently handicapped; he can not open his hand from a closed position or flex his fingers. Well, he says that when he was 14, he was playing outside his school with a friend and accidentally knocked into his teacher who had grown the nail on their little finger very long as a cultural tradition. "While he may have cut his fingernails, his nails will be forever memorialized inside Ripley's Believe It or Not!". Odditorium in Times Square.

Vanessa Coleman

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