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

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

Ironically, the nails now on public display came about after a 14-year-old Chillal accidentally broke a very long nail his teacher had grown.

New York's Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum unveiled the left-hand fingernails of Shridhar Chillal, known as the Guinness World Record holder for the longest fingernails ever reached on a single hand, on Wednesday.

Shridhar Chillal of India displays his newly cut fingernails in front of his granddaughter Shraddha Chillal.

An 82-year-old Indian man who holds the Guinness World Record for longest nails on a single hand finally clipped them in NY.

"I don't know if the teacher is dead now or not, but I would definitely like to say the thing that you scolded me for, I took it as a challenge", says Chillal.

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Despite opposition from his parents, he said he would be able to work with one hand, eventually becoming a photographer with a customised handle to accommodate his nails when using the camera.

No word on how Chillal is adapting to the lighter load on his left hand, but life just became easier for him in many ways.

The last time Chillal's fingernails were clipped was reportedly in 1952 and his choice to keep them long stemmed from an incident when he was a teenager, according to the outlet.

The weight of the long nails left Mr Chillal's hand in a permanently fixed position, unable to separate his fingers.

The nails prevented him from sleeping properly - he had to wake up regularly to check they weren't being crushed. However, as he aged, his long nails were proving more challenging to maintain an ordinary lifestyle. Chillal's fingernail exhibit will be officially unveiled at Ripley's Believe It or Not! The historic surgical procedure, which took roughly 20 minutes to complete, took place at Ripley's Believe It or Not!

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