Man sells 31-foot long fingernails to Ripley's in Times Square

Man sells 31-foot long fingernails to Ripley's in Times Square

The nails have a combined measurement of 909.6 centimetres, with his thumbnail as the longest single nail at 197.8 centimetres.

The fingernails have been acquired by Ripley's, which will display them at the museum here.

Shridhar Chillal, an octogenarian from India, finally got his fingernails cut - after 66 years. The teacher told the young Chillal that he would never understand how hard it was to take care of such long fingernails.

Shridhar Chillal is the world record holder for the longest fingernails on a single hand.

"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.

Growing his nails didn't keep Chillal from getting married, having two children or becoming a government press photographer.

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"Ripley's is privileged to display this truly unique and one-of-a-kind exhibit". They together stretched about 30 feet, or the length of a bus, before he finally had them cut on Wednesday. "Mr. Chillal dedicated his life to something truly remarkable and Ripley's is the ideal home to honor his legacy", Ripley's Suzanne Smagala-Potts, said.

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. Because the nails were very heavy and he carried them around with him for so long, he now has permanent problems with his left hand - even though the nails are gone.

The weight of his nails has left him permanently handicapped and in constant pain - he can not open his hand or move his fingers. His longest nail was on his thumb.

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Chillal, 82, recently retired his fingernails to Ripley's after growing them for 66 years.

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