Published: Thu, July 12, 2018

Ripley’s Believe It or Not unveils world’s longest fingernails

Ripley’s Believe It or Not unveils world’s longest fingernails

"Ripley's is privileged to display this truly unique and one-of-a-kind exhibit".

After 66 years the man who holds the Guinness World Record for the longest fingernails ever recorded on a single hand decided it was time for a break - and finally cut his nails. His cut fingernails are laid flat in a memorial case and span a length of over 31 feet, the height of a three-story building, according to a statement by Ripley's. Finally deciding to change his life, the Guinness World Record holder (for the "longest fingernails on a single hand") flew to NY to seek aid from a doctor.

Shridhar Chillal, 82, has not used nail clippers on his left hand since 1952, when a teacher at his school lost his temper over his accidentally broken nail. The teacher said Chillal would never understand the attention to detail and level of care required to take care of long fingernails.


"I don't know 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.

He only grew the nails on his left hand. The museum will host a "nail clipping ceremony" today where Chillal's nails will be cut.

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. PR Manager Suzanne Smagala-Potts said in the statement. The 14-year-old then made a decision to take up a challenge to see how long he could go without trimming his nails. He found it hard to sleep, and even a gust of wind was cause for alarm. Times Square museum features 20 galleries and more than 500 artefacts from around the world.

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