Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Man who's been growing his fingernails since 1952 has finally cut them

Man who's been growing his fingernails since 1952 has finally cut them

Due to years of growing the nails and the weight of the same, his hand now suffers the disability.

Shridhar Chillal, an octogenarian from India, will finally perform an ordinary chore that he has not done in the last 66 years - cut his fingernails - the longest in the world.

An Indian man finally severed his 31-foot long fingernails - after letting them grow for 66 years - and sold the claws to Ripley's Believe It or Not! in Times Square. Chillal's fingernail exhibit will be officially unveiled at Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Chillal's teacher's words proved true, the world-record holder said he had to take delicate care of his nails and he took care of them for a lifetime.

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Chillal chose to see how long he could grow them, even though the Guinness Book of World Records didn't exist then. "Mr. Chillal dedicated his life to something truly remarkable and Ripley's is the ideal home to honor his legacy", Ripley's Suzanne Smagala-Potts, said.

"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. 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. "Chillal dedicated his life to something truly remarkable and Ripley's is the flawless home to honour his legacy". The museum will host a "nail clipping ceremony" today where Chillal's nails will be cut. Times Square, according to a media advisory. PR Manager Suzanne Smagala-Potts said in the statement.

He also married and had two children, and now has three grandchildren. The 14-year-old then chose to take up a challenge to see how long he could go without trimming his nails.

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