At one time or another, you’ve probably looked at your nails and thought, “Hmm, it’s probably time for a clip.” Until recently, that thought never crossed Shridhar Chillal’s mind. Eighty-two-year-old Chillal from Prune, India, has been the proud record holder for the world’s longest fingernails. Ever since a teacher scolded him for breaking a nail in the classroom 66 years ago, Chillal hasn’t cut his nails once. Now that he’s finally decided enough is enough, Guinness World Records documented the process of sawing off a total of 29 feet of fingernails.
It comes as no surprise that Chillal’s long nails made him severely uncomfortable. In 2015, he told Guinness, “I am in pain. With every heartbeat, all five fingers, my wrist, elbow, and shoulder are hurting a lot and at the tip of the nail there’s a burning sensation always.” For his sake, we’re happy he decided to relieve himself of this self-inflicted pain, even if that means relinquishing his title as the man currently with the world’s longest fingernails.
The sawed-off fingernails will be on display at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Times Square. So if Chillal’s story has piqued your interest, or you’re considering going for the record yourself and want a potential glimpse into your future, you can check out the nails firsthand.