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

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

He only grew the nails on his left hand, keeping his right hand trimmed. The 14-year-old then chose to take up a challenge to see how long he could go without trimming his nails.

They were only fingernails, but to Shridhar Chillal, cutting them off probably felt a bit like cutting off his own hand.

The 82-year-old's talons have a combined measurement of 909.6cm (358.1ins).

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.

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.

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It's the end of an era for the man who holds the world record for Longest Fingernails on One Hand.

Nails that long have had quite an impact on Chillal's life.

It's not an easy business growing the world's longest nails. The Guardian says the teacher told Chillal that he wouldn't understand what it meant to protect a nail unless he grew them himself.

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

Before Williams, Christine Walton held the title from 2011 with nails measured at 19 feet and nine inches until she cut them off. I spent 66 years of my life on my nails. "I never have to wait in a queue", he told Guinness World Records. Due to years of growing his nails and their weight, his left hand is permanently handicapped; he can not open his hand from a closed position or flex his fingers. Museum in Times Square, where Chillal's severed talons will be put on display to the public. 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.