Man with world's longest fingernails finally cuts them off

Shridhar Chillal has been flown to the United States from India to cut his nails which will be preserved in a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum

Owner of world's longest nails has them cut after growing them for 66 years

Chillal's longest nail alone measured 197.8 cm.

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

"It was a very hard decision for me to cut my nails but when I realized that, after cutting them, they'll be at Ripley's Believe It or Not! and the museum is going to maintain them very nicely and for a lifetime, then I felt that I was making the right decision and that is why I chose to cut my nails", Chillal told reporters at the museum, which now has 66 years' worth of uncut nails on display.

Per the Guinness World Records, Chillal started growing his nails at age 14 after a teacher told him off for breaking his long nail.

"I took it as a challenge", said Chillal.

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.

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

Ripley's said it was privileged to display the "unique and one-of-a-kind" exhibit.

Mr Chillal said he did not take the decision to part ways with his nails lightly.

The nails prevented him from sleeping properly - he had to wake up regularly to check they weren't being crushed.

Well, Shridhar. I hope you absolutely make the most of the rest of your life, no longer inhibited by your horrific nail situation. Historically, long nails are a sign of wealth for a man in India. "Mr Chillal dedicated his life to something truly remarkable and Ripley's is the flawless home to honour his legacy", said Suzanne Smagala-Potts, PR Manager, 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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