Indian record holder to cut world's longest fingernails after 66 years

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His thumbnail, which was the longest of the set, measured at an incredible 197.8cm (77.8 inches).

The fingernails have been acquired by Ripley's, which will display them at the museum here.

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! The teacher said Chillal would never understand the attention to detail and level of care required to take care of long fingernails.

Shridhar Chillal traveled from his home in India to New York City this week for the occasion.

Shridhar Chillal from Pune, who held the world record for longest nails, has done away with his "assets".

"I don't know whether the teacher is dead now or not but I would definitely like to say that the thing for which you scolded me, I took it as a challenge and I have completed the challenge and now, I am here", he said. Museum in Times Square.

While Chillal kept the nails on his right hand trimmed, his record breaking nails on his left hand weighed heavily on his daily life. Because the nails were very heavy and he carried them around with him for so long, he now has permanent problems with his left hand - even though the nails are gone. As a result of his long nails, his left hand is permanently handicapped - he can not open or flex his fingers. "Mr. Chillal dedicated his life to something truly remarkable and Ripley's is the ideal home to honor his legacy", said Suzanne Smagala-Potts, a Ripley's representative.

There were other reasons why Chillal was willing to cut away an important part of his life: The collective weight of the nails has made it impossible for Chillal to open his hand from a closed position or flex his fingers. Historically, long nails are a sign of wealth for a man in India.

The Ripley's Believe It or Not! Chillal's fingernail exhibit will be officially unveiled at Ripley's Believe It or Not!

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