World’s longest fingernails
Shridhar Chillal (born 1938) holds the world record for the longest fingernails ever reached on a single hand, with a combined length of 6.15 meters (20 feet 2.25 inches). Chillal’s longest single nail is 1.30 meters (4.25 feet).
Shridhar has now been officially recognised by Guinness World Records as the person with the ‘Longest Fingernails on a Single Hand Ever’ and features in their 2016 edition.
He stopped cutting his nails in 1952.
Although proud of his record breaking nails, Chillal has faced increasing difficulties due to their weight, included disfigurement of his fingers and loss of function in his left hand. Nerve damage caused from the nails’ immense weight has also caused deafness in Chillal’s left ear.
Mr Chillal’s obsession began at the age of 14, when he read about a Chinese priest whose nails had grown to 22 inches in length. “I was amazed and I decided I would do that, and I could beat that,” he recalled.
After that, Shridhar ‘took it as a challenge’ and started growing his talons. His incredible nails now have a cumulative length of 909.6cm., reports The Daily Mail.
His thumb nail is the longest at two metres followed by his middle finger at 186.6cm, ring finger at 181.6cm, little finger at 179.1cm and index finger at 164.5cm.
His family despaired. They predicted that he would end up destitute.
‘First our family members opposed, then teachers were opposed but I decided from that point on that I would never cut my nails again,’ he said.
‘Initially, difficulties appeared everywhere in my daily life. My family really didn’t like it, no one would wash my clothes and I had to wash them by hand. Finding a job was also difficult, as no one was ready to employ me.’
He explained how trying to date women was also an issue.
‘When I was to get married, no one was ready to marry me, I saw nearly 10 to 12 girls,’ he said.
‘If the girl agreed to marry, her parents would say I would strangle their daughter’s neck and refuse. If the parents agreed, the girl would say she would not marry such a dirty person.’
but he proved them wrong. He worked as a photographer until his retirement in 1995, making good use of his functioning right hand.
According to the Daily Mail, he plans to have his nails cut and have them preserved in a museum – but he’s keeping the date of when this will happen a secret.
‘I have been growing my nails since 1952 so it is now 62 years since I first started to let my nails grow,’ he said.
‘Now that I am 78 years old, my nails have become much more delicate due to my age, so my wish is to preserve these nails in a museum.’
On making it into the new Guinness World Records 2016 Edition, Shridhar said he felt like ‘I had achieved the biggest goal in my life’.
He added: ‘I can tell everyone now with pride about my record. When I am on my travels, people will recognise me as a Guinness World Records title holder.’