Shridhar Chillal from Pune, India, who holds the Guinness World Record for the longest fingernails on one hand, finally had them cut off in a ceremony in New York on Wednesday.
Chillal, 82, had been growing the nails on his left hand for 66 years and they had a combined length of 29ft 10.1in – about the same length as a London bus.
They are now on display at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum in New York. 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.
The teacher said Mr Chillal would never understand what it took to take care of long fingernails and the student set out to prove his teacher wrong, going on to dedicate his life to taking care of his claws.
ow whether the teacher is dead now or not but I would definitely like to say that the thing for which you scolded me, I took it as a challenge and I have completed the challenge and now, I am here,” he said.
Despite Mr Chillal’s fingernails causing him to lose function in his left hand due to their weight and length, and his fingers being permanently fused together, he went on work as a photographer for a government agricultural magazine for 22 years.
He also married and had two children, and now has three grandchildren.