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The man with the world's longest fingernails finally had them cut

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Shridhar Chillal of India displays his newly cut fingernails in New York. REUTERS / Lucas Jackson

The world’s most anticipated manicure has finally taken place.

Shridhar Chillal, the 66-year-old Indian man with nails as long as a London bus, has finally had them chopped off.

Chillal holds the Guinness World Record for longest fingernails ever recorded on a single hand — 29ft, 10.1 inches in total.

Chillal’s nails were carefully cut by a technician using power tools at a ceremony in Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Times Square, New York on Wednesday.

His individual nails measured:

Little finger: 179.1 cm
Ring finger: 181.6 cm
Middle finger: 186.6 cm
Index finger: 164.5 cm
Thumb: 197.8 cm

You can watch it happen below:

Chillal started growing his nails when he was just 14, after being scolded for breaking a teacher’s nail. The Guardian says the teacher told Chillal that he wouldn’t understand what it meant to protect a nail unless he grew them himself.

Chillal’s nails have had significant drawbacks on his health, though, and taken great care to maintain.

“I can’t move much, so every half an hour or so I wake up and move my hand to the other side of the bed,” he told Guinness World Records in 2015.

Chillal carved out a living for himself as a photographer, using a custom camera that allowed him to shoot one-handed.


The weight of his nails has left him permanently handicapped and in constant pain — he cannot open his hand or move his fingers.

“I am in pain. With every heartbeat all five fingers, my wrist, elbow and shoulder are hurting a lot and at the tip of the nail there’s a burning sensation always.”

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

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