4Man cuts nails after 66 years

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A man with fingernails longer than a bus finally cut them off during a "nail clipping ceremony" in NY earlier this week after 66 years of growing them out. Chilal certainly took that to heart: when last measured, his nails had a combined length of 29ft 10.1in, which is about the same length as a London bus. His thumbnail alone matched the height of any National Basketball Association player, spanning 197.8cm (6.48 ft) in length.

Now 82, Mr Chillal, from Pune, India, made a decision to cut his nails when a NY museum promised to "maintain them very nicely and for a lifetime".

All over the world indeed: Chillal sold his nails to Ripley's Believe It Or Not, a chain of museum-like tourist attractions around the world.

Shridhar Chillal, 82, finally got his fingernails cut after 66 years of growing them out.

He took that as a challenge. It is not known how much Chillal was compensated for his extraordinary nails. It took the doctor 20 minutes to remove them with a power grinder. The Guinness World Record holder is now is finally ready to say goodbye to his nails.

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He admitted there were also perks to having the world's longest nails that he will miss.

However, the nails - which he first began to grow after being scolded about breaking a teacher's nail - required more than just a pair of clippers. His fingernail exhibit will be officially unveiled at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Times Square.

The weight of the long nails left Mr Chillal's hand in a permanently fixed position, unable to separate his fingers.

"After being recognised by Guinness World Records, I felt like I had achieved the biggest goal in my life", Chillal said in the video.

Believe it or Not! - if his cut fingernails were laid flat, they would span a length of over 30 feet, the height of a three-story building.

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