Eighty-two-year-old Shridhar Chillal will finally be cutting the fingernails on his left hand after 66 years, as reported by Hindustan Times today, July 11.
In November 2014, Chillal's fingernails were measured in Pune City, Maharashtra, to have a combined length of 29.8 feet, with his thumb being the longest at 77.9 inches, according to Guinness World Records.
Shridhar's nails will now be displayed at Ripley's Believe It or Not! in Times Square.
After 66 years of growing them, the man with the world's longest fingernails now has a free hand to work with.
The 82-year-old has been growing the nails on his left hand since he was 14, having been inspired to do so after a teacher told him off when he accidentally broke a very long nail the teacher had grown.
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"When I chose to cut my nails, it was hard for me to make this decision", he said. "Mr. Chillal dedicated his life to something truly remarkable and Ripley's is the ideal home to honor his legacy", Ripley's Suzanne Smagala-Potts, said. His longest nail was of his thumbnail, which measured 197.8 centimeters. He broke the teacher's nail and they got very upset about it, so Shridhar made a decision to take on the challenge of growing his own nails.
"Chillal dedicated his life to something truly remarkable and Ripley's is the ideal home to honor his legacy", a rep says, per the Hindu. "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".
I think we can all basically agree there is no better part of any given Guinness World Records book than the section about people with extreme body stuff going on.
The weight of the long nails left Mr Chillal's hand in a permanently fixed position, unable to separate his fingers. A nail technician performed the surgery armed with power tools at a ceremony in the Times Square Ripley's museum on Wednesday.