Guinness record holder cuts nails for first time in 66 years

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The world's longest fingernails are now in the Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum.

For most his life, Chillal's nails have made his life more hard.

Chillal chose to see how long he could grow them, even though the Guinness Book of World Records didn't exist then. The 14-year-old then made a decision to take up a challenge to see how long he could go without trimming his nails. The teacher said that Chillal would never understand the importance of what he had done because Chillal had never committed to anything.

The record holder, from Pune, India, stopped trimming his fingernails in 1952 after he was told off by a teacher for messing around with a friend and accidentally breaking the teacher's nail. Chillal's longest single nail is his thumbnail, measuring 197.8 centimeters.

He only grew the nails on his left hand.

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Chillal, 82, was flown in from India by the Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum in Times Square for a special event during which his fingernails were cut. Due to years of growing his nails and the weight of the nails, his hand is permanently handicapped.

New York's Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum unveiled the left-hand fingernails of Shridhar Chillal, known as the Guinness World Record holder for the longest fingernails ever reached on a single hand, on Wednesday.

It went on to quote Chillal as saying, "I am in pain".

To that end, you may or may not be aware of Shridhar Chillal - the man with the longest fingernails in the world. "With every heart beat all five fingers, my wrist, elbow and shoulder are hurting a lot and at the tip of the nail there's a burning sensation always", he told Guinness officials. His longest nail was on his thumb.

"After being recognised by Guinness World Records, I felt like I had achieved the biggest goal in my life", Chillal said in the video.