A man in India who set a world record for growing the longest fingernails on one hand – 30 feet – wants to preserve them for a museum.
Shridhar Chillal said he is ready to cut off the nails that he has been growing on his left hand since 1952 after being officially recognized by the Guinness World Records as the person with the "Longest Fingernails on a Single Hand Ever," according to the Daily Mail
"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," said Chillal. "I had achieved the biggest goal in my life. I can tell everyone now with pride about my record. When I am on my travels, people will recognize me as a Guinness World Records title holder."
The Guinness World Records website
said Chillal had his fingernails measured last Nov. 17 and showed a photograph of his long curvy fingernails laid out on a table.
The fingernail on his Chillal's thumb was measured as the longest, topping out at 197.8 centimeters, or nearly 6 ½ feet. His middle finger nail was the second longest at 186.6 centimeters, or 6.1 feet, according to Guinness World Records.
In all, the fingernails measured nine meters, or roughly 30 feet, according to LiveScience.com
Chillal told Guinness World Records that, as expected, the problems have come with having such long fingernails.
"I can't move much, so every half an hour or so I wake up and move my hand to the other side of the bed," he said.
He said the long fingernails were not a hit with his family either while jobs did not exactly come rolling in.
"First our family members opposed, then teachers were opposed but I decided from that point on that I would never cut my nails again," said Chilla. "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."
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