The man with the longest fingernails in the world has finally gotten a manicure. Shridhar Chillal, 82, previously held the Guinness World Record for having the longest fingernails and having the longest fingernails on one hand. Chillal is in From Pune, India and has been growing out his fingernails since the age of 14 and hasn’t trimmed them since.
Chillal flew to New York City for the historic moment, allowing his fingernails to be cut off with a small circular saw in the middle of Times Square. The Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum in Times Square will display the fingernails for public viewing. Altogether, his fingernails measured out at twenty-nine feet, ten inches and one centimeter which is roughly the length of a London bus. The longest fingernail individually is his thumbnail, which measures out at six and a half feet long.
Chillal has been able to lead a normal life despite his long fingernails. He regularly works as a photographer, using a special handle on his camera to accommodate his nails and is married with two children and three grandchildren. One side effect of having his long fingernails is that he is no longer able to open his left hand from a closed fist nor is he able to flex his fingers on his left hand. This is partly do to the weight of the fingernails and the limited mobility of his fingers due to the length.
Chillal explained that he was scolded in school by a teacher after he accidentally broke the teacher’s fingernail and as a result, he decided to grow out his own nails. In parts of Indian culture, growing out one long nail has traditionally been viewed as a status symbol to show that the person doesn’t need to participate in manual labor. Chillal first appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records for his nails back in 1979.