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

Shridhar Chillal has been flown to the United States from India to cut his nails which will be preserved in a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum

Shridhar Chillal has been flown to the United States from India to cut his nails which will be preserved in a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum

His cut fingernails are laid flat in a memorial case and span a length of over 31 feet, the height of a three-story building, according to a statement by Ripley's. "Mr Chillal dedicated his life to something truly remarkable and Ripley's is the flawless home to honour his legacy", said Suzanne Smagala-Potts, PR Manager, Ripley's Believe It or Not! The 82-year-old, from Pune, India, managed to grow his left hand nails to a collective length of about 29 feet, 10 inches over the course of 66 years.

Chillal's nails were carefully cut by a technician using power tools at a ceremony in Ripley's Believe It or Not! in Times Square, New York on Wednesday.

Shridhar Chillal, an octogenarian from India, had the world's longest fingernails measuring over 9 metres! Chillal, also a Guinness World Record holder, has not cut the fingernails on his left hand since 1952 and has the longest fingernails in the world. He said that his last wish was for him to get compensation with his cut nail exhibit since he was not able to earn much with his long fingernails.

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"I took it as a challenge", said Chillal, and there was no looking back. 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. The teacher told Chillal that he wouldn't understand the kind of care it took not to break a long nail unless he did it himself. "Now, forever my nails will be remembered and forever my nails will be seen by people from all over the world".

"I spent 66 years of my life on my nails", Mr Chillal said. "I never have to wait in a queue", he told Guinness World Records. "While he may have cut his fingernails, his nails will be forever memorialized inside Ripley's Believe It or Not!". Museum in Times Square.

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