Man cuts nails on left hand for first time since 1952

Shridhar Chillal of India displays his newly cut fingernails at an announcement that the five fingernails he grew for 66 year

Owner of world's longest nails has them cut after growing them for 66 years

He was first inspired to grow out nails on his left hand in 1952, when he was 16 years old, after a teacher berated him for accidentally breaking one of hers.

But now look! He has had them cut and they have gone on display at Ripley's Believe it or Not! museum of weird and wonderful things in NY in the US. "Mr. Chillal dedicated his life to something truly remarkable and Ripley's is the flawless home to honor his legacy", Ripley's Suzanne Smagala-Potts, said.

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.

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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.

Shridhar Chillal, 82, from Pune, India, holds the Guinness World Record for the longest fingernails on one hand.

Chillal's longest nail alone measured 197.8 cm.

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It's not an easy business growing the world's longest nails. "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. He is also a Guinness World Record holder for having grown the nails on his left hand for more than 66 years.

The weight of his nails has left him permanently handicapped and in constant pain - he can not open his hand or move his fingers. But, over six decades later, he's chose to cut them. Museum in Times Square. His longest nail was on his thumb. "When I chose to cut my nails, it was hard for me to make this decision, but when I realised that after cutting my nails, my nails will be at Ripley's Believe It or Not! and they're going to maintain it very nicely and for a lifetime, then I felt like I was doing the right decision and that's why I chose to cut my nails".

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