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Man cuts nails on left hand for first time since 1952

Man cuts nails on left hand for first time since 1952 Man cuts nails on left hand for first time since 1952
Melinda Barton | 13 July, 2018, 01:15

He stopped cutting his left-hand fingernails in 1952, after a teacher scolded him for roughhousing with a friend and accidentally breaking off the teacher's fingernail.

A school yard incident prompted the challenge for Shridhar Chillal to grow his nails on his left hand when he was a teenager.

Shridhar Chillal, 82, finally got his fingernails cut after 66 years of growing them out.

Chillal, who has held the Guinness record since 1979, when the nails on his left hand measured a total 86.5 inches, had grown out his nails to a total 29 feet, 10.1 inches when they were clipped. The Ripley's Believe It or Not museum in Times Square hosted a "nail clipping ceremony" on Wednesday where Chillal's nails were cut and preserved for an exhibition.

Warning: this video shows graphic footage of a man getting his fingernails cut after growing them for 66 years.

Mr Chillal was officially recognised in 2014 by the Guinness World Records as the person with the longest fingernails ever on a single hand.

"When I chose to cut my nails, it was hard for me to make this decision", he said. He broke the teacher's nail and they got very upset about it, so Shridhar made a decision to take on the challenge of growing his own nails. His longest nail was of his thumbnail, which measured 197.8 centimeters. But why did Shridhar grow them so long in the first place?

"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.

"I took it as a challenge", said Chillal, and there was no looking back.

The weight of his nails has left him permanently handicapped and in constant pain - he can not open his hand or move his fingers. Ripley's has flown Chillal from India to the United States to cut his nails and forever memorialise them in a Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum.

His nails will be on display for all to see at Ripley's Believe It or Not! in Times Square.