World’s longest fingernails finally cut after 66 years

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.

Chillal's nails were estimated to have a combined length of 909.6 centimeters, as measured by Guinness on November 17, 2014.

"It was a very hard decision for me to cut my nails, but when I realised after cutting them they'd be at Ripley's Believe it or Not, and the museum is going to maintain them ... then I felt like I was making the right decision, and that's when I chose to cut my nails".

Shridhar Chillal's extraordinarily long nails have now gone on display at the Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum in NY.

Per the Guinness World Records, Chillal started growing his nails at age 14 after a teacher told him off for breaking his long nail.

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"I took it as a challenge", said Chillal, and there was no looking back. His thumbnail, the longest of the set, measures an incredible 197.8cm (77.8ins). The Guinness World Record holder is now is finally ready to say goodbye to his nails.

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

"Chillal dedicated his life to something truly remarkable and Ripley's is the flawless home to honor his legacy", a rep says, per the Hindu. Ripley's has flown Chillal from India to the United States to cut his nails and forever memorialise them in a Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum. Judging by the state of most fingernails after a day in midtown NY, they'll be filthy in no time.

Well, Shridhar. I hope you absolutely make the most of the rest of your life, no longer inhibited by your horrific nail situation.

"After being recognised by Guinness World Records, I felt like I had achieved the biggest goal in my life", Chillal said in the video. He can not open his hand from a closed position or flex his fingers. Odditorium in Times Square.

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