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World’s longest fingernails finally cut after 66 years

14 July, 2018, 05:45 | Author: Lucille Rivera
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Adjudicators noted his thumbnail measured an unbelievable 197.8cm and curled into a tight coil at the end.

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

The 82-year-old from Pune, India, was flown to NY last week to get his talons - considered the longest in the world - cut, courtesy of Ripley's Believe It or Not, which will display the clippings in an exhibit at its Times Square location.

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

Finally deciding to change his life, the Guinness World Record holder (for the "longest fingernails on a single hand") flew to NY to seek aid from a doctor. The Guardian says the teacher told Chillal that he wouldn't understand what it meant to protect a nail unless he grew them himself.

The 82-year-old Indian man told Sky News he started growing out his nails when he was 14.

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"I took it as a challenge", said Chillal, and there was no looking back.

The last time Chillal's fingernails were clipped was reportedly in 1952 and his choice to keep them long stemmed from an incident when he was a teenager, according to the outlet.

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

His right hand's nails were trimmed so that he could work and do daily tasks. "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. He cannot open his hand out from a closed position or flex his fingers, as you can see in this picture. His nails didn't stop him from leading a normal life, however.

He admitted there were also perks to having the world's longest nails that he will miss. "He approached us when he was ready to cut his nails", Ripley's spokesperson Suzanne Smagala-Potts told Gizmodo.

Photo: Ripley's Believe It or Not!

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