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Born in 1938, Chillal began growing nails on his left hand in 1952 after a teacher beat him up for breaking his nail.

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

In November 2014, Chillal's fingernails were measured in Pune City, Maharashtra, to have a combined length of 29.8 feet, with his thumb being the longest at 77.9 inches, according to Guinness World Records.

Shridhar Chillal, an octogenarian from India with the world's longest fingernails measuring over 9 metres, is all set to finally cut his coiled appendages after 66 years at a ceremony in NY.

"When I chose to cut my nails, it was hard for me to make this decision", he said.

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The Guinness World Record holder for the longest fingernails ever on a single hand has had his claws cut after 66 years. Chillal's longest single nail is his thumbnail, measuring 197.8 centimetres.

"I took it as a challenge", said Chillal, and there was no looking back. "Now, forever my nails will be remembered and forever my nails will be seen by people from all over the world". Well, he says that when he was 14, he was playing outside his school with a friend and accidentally knocked into his teacher who had grown the nail on their little finger very long as a cultural tradition. 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.

They were cut by power tools at a ceremony in NY on Wednesday.

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. A nail technician performed the surgery armed with power tools at a ceremony in the Times Square Ripley's museum on Wednesday.


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