He only grew the nails on his left hand, keeping his right hand trimmed. He had made a decision to grow his nails when he was scolded by his school teacher as a result of accidentally breaking the teacher's long nail. His fingernail exhibit will be officially unveiled at Ripley's Believe It or Not!
66-year-old Shridhar Chillal of India grew his nails on one hand to a combined 29 ft., 10.1 inches. He was flown from Pune to NY for this ceremony by Ripley's Believe It or Not museum - where his nails will be immortalized. The Guinness World Record holder is now finally said goodbye to his nails in an emotional farewell.
Beginning with his curling, 6.5-foot long thumb nail, the nails were removed with a mini power saw, as seen in a Guinness World Records video.
It's not an easy business growing the world's longest nails.
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"I took it as a challenge", said Chillal, and there was no looking back. In 2015, he told HuffPost India how hard it was to sleep with his long 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. He is also a Guinness World Record holder for having grown the nails on his left hand for more than 66 years. He broke the teacher's nail and they got very upset about it, so Shridhar chose to take on the challenge of growing his own nails.
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.
"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". Museum in Times Square.