World record holder cuts nails for first time in 66 years

Leroy Wright
July 14, 2018

"Now, forever my nails will be remembered and forever my nails will be seen by people from all over the world". "While he may have cut his fingernails, his nails will be forever memorialized inside Ripley's Believe It or Not!". "If I had chose to cut my nails, I would not have a Guinness World Records title now".

"When I chose to cut my nails, it was hard for me to make this decision".

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.

Despite his abnormally long nails: Chillal got married, had two kids, and worked as a government press photographer.

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 recently travelled from India to New York City to have his nails removed for a museum display at Ripley's Believe It Or Not.

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Chillal's nails have had significant drawbacks on his health, though, and taken great care to maintain.

He only grew the nails on his left hand, keeping his right hand trimmed.

The length of his fingernails may have caused him health problems including loss of function in his left hand due to their weight and length, as well as his fingers being permanently fused together.

"I am in pain".

They were only fingernails, but to Shridhar Chillal, cutting them off probably felt a bit like cutting off his own hand. "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", Chillal told Guinness World Records.

In a post on Instagram, the Guinness World Records described the occasion as "the end of an era".

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