His cut fingernails are laid flat in a memorial case and span a length of over 31 feet, the height of a three-story building, according to a statement by Ripley's. The 14-year-old then made a decision to take up a challenge to see how long he could go without trimming his nails.
Chillal, 82, recently retired his fingernails to Ripley's after growing them for 66 years. He was flown from Pune to NY for this ceremony by Ripley's Believe It or Not museum - where his nails will be immortalized.
The Indian man who is the 2016 Guinness Book of World Records title holder for having the "Longest Fingernails on a Single Hand Ever" will finally be cutting his fingernails which he started growing in 1952.
He only grew the nails on his left hand.
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"When I had my nails I took special care of them because they're a very delicate part of our body, I took care of them for a lifetime", he said.
"Chillal dedicated his life to something truly remarkable and Ripley's is the flawless home to honor his legacy", a rep says, per the Hindu. The museum will host a "nail clipping ceremony" today where Chillal's nails will be cut. Judging by the state of most fingernails after a day in midtown NY, they'll be filthy in no time. His longest nail was on his thumb.
"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.
The weight of his nails has left him permanently handicapped and in constant pain - he can not open his hand or move his fingers. Museum in Times Square, where Chillal's severed talons will be put on display to the public.