The Bloke With The World's Longest Fingernails Finally Got Them Trimmed

He had made a decision to grow his nails when he was beaten up by his school teacher for breaking the teacher's long nail.

The clipped nails will now be on display at the Ripley's Believe it or Not! museum.

Though his fragile nails complicated many everyday activities, like sleeping, Chillal has led a mostly normal life.

Chillal, 82, recently retired his fingernails to Ripley's after growing them for 66 years.

Lucas Jackson / Reuters Shridhar Chillal of India displays his newly cut fingernails at an announcement that the five fingernails he grew for 66 years will be displayed in Ripley's Believe it or Not in NY.

When last measured, his nails had a combined length of 909.6 cm (29 ft 10.1 in), about the same length as a London bus.

Before Williams, Christine Walton held the title from 2011 with nails measured at 19 feet and nine inches until she cut them off.

Nails that long have had quite an impact on Chillal's life.

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.

It's not an easy business growing the world's longest nails. 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.

Chillal, 82, has not cut the fingernails on his left hand since 1952 and has the longest fingernails in the world. He can not open his hand from a closed position or flex his fingers, the statement said. Museum in Times Square, where Chillal's severed talons will be put on display to the public.

"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".

  • Rogelio Becker