The owner of the Longest fingernails on a single hand - ever has had them cut after 66 years.

His nails had a combined length of 909.6 cm (29 ft 10.1 in), almost as long as a London bus!

Shridhar Chillal, who is now 82 and from Pune in India, had been growing his nails since 1952, when he was 14 years old. 

He started growing them after being told off by a teacher for accidentally breaking his long nail.

Shridhar had his nails cut at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Times Square, New York, US, where they will now be displayed. 

Shridhar Chillal in 1992

Shridhar first appeared in Guinness World Records 1979, when his nails measured a combined length of 219.7 cm (86.5 inches).

At the time of his nails being cut, his individual nails measured: 

  • Little finger : 179.1 cm 
  • Ring finger : 181.6 cm 
  • Middle finger : 186.6 cm 
  • Index finger : 164.5 cm 
  • Thumb : 197.8 cm


He is also in the 2018 edition of Science & Stuff ,which explains more about fingernails and how they grow.

Shridhar's long nails have made parts of his life difficult, especially sleeping. 

"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."

The weight of his nails meant that he couldn't open his hand or freely move his fingers. Because they spent so many years in a closed position, Shridhar will never be able to open his hand fully.

Longest nails 2

His parents weren't very happy with his decision, as they were worried he wouldn't be able to work. 

Shridhar said he would be able to work with one hand, and he eventually became a photographer.

He used a customised handle for his camera which meant he could hold it despite his long nails. 

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He only grew the nails on his left hand, keeping his right hand trimmed. 

Would you visit Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in New York to see Shridhar's nails?