"Now, forever my nails will be remembered and forever my nails will be seen by people from all over the world".
Chillal's nails were estimated to have a combined length of 909.6 centimeters, as measured by Guinness on November 17, 2014.
Shridhar Chillal, an octogenarian from India, finally got his fingernails cut - after 66 years.
The fingernails have been acquired by Ripley's, which will display them at the museum in NY. Well, this is Shridhar Chillal - and he has been growing the fingernails on his left hand for a massive 66 YEARS.
Chillal's teacher's words proved true, the world-record holder said he had to take delicate care of his nails and he took care of them for a lifetime. He had made a decision to grow his nails when he was beaten up by his school teacher for breaking the teacher's long nail.
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Speaking through a museum interpreter he said: "I don't know if the teacher is dead now or not, but I would definitely like to say the thing that you scolded me for, I took it as a challenge". His right hand's nails were trimmed so that he could work and do daily tasks. Due to years of growing his nails and the weight of the nails, his hand now suffers the disability.
Growing his fingernails to this considerable length means he's not able to use or "open his hand from a closed position or flex his fingers".
The exhibit will be on display at the museum starting Wednesday. "Mr. Chillal dedicated his life to something truly remarkable and Ripley's is the ideal home to honor his legacy", Ripley's Suzanne Smagala-Potts, said. But they weren't destroyed: Chillal ultimately did away with the nails after New York City's Ripley's Believe It or Not! PR Manager Suzanne Smagala-Potts said in the statement.
Despite that, he's married with two children and three grandchildren, and was a photographer at a government agricultural magazine for 22 years. It is not known how much Chillal was compensated for his extraordinary nails.
The Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Times Square.