Shridhar Chillal of Pune, India, stopped cutting the fingernails on his left hand in 1952 when he was 14 years old. He decided to grow them after a teacher yelled at him for breaking a nail. According to the website All India Roundup, India has a long tradition of men having a single long nail. They say:
Historically, it is considered a sign of wealth and elegance for a man to have at least one long nail. The reason for it signifying wealth is because it shows that they do “upper class” work – like administration or office work, trading or an academic profession – as opposed to manual labour, particularly if they keep it in good condition by keeping it clean and un-chipped.
Although the Guinness Book of World's Records had not come into existence yet, Chillal wanted to see how long he could grow his nails. He only grew the nails on the left hand so he could still use his right to work. Now he is 82-years-old, and his left hand is permanently disfigured because of 29 feet of fingernails.
Chilla flew to New York and had the nails removed by a doctor. The nails are now on display at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Odditorium in Times Square.
Some people found the nails fascinating.
But for some it was disturbing.
Imagine all the disgusting bacteria and microbes under and in those nails. People are freaking weird.— Kathy Acevedo (@kma3rosie) July 12, 2018
Disgusting, it literally crippled his hand...hope he found it was worth it.— TruthHurts (@LasVegas_Strong) July 12, 2018
There were many questions.
I have too many questions here. Can’t fit them in 280 characters tweet.— Anil DCosta (@dcostaanil) July 11, 2018
How does he put on his cloths?— De mantiger (@themantiger) July 12, 2018
How does he go to toilet?
One can feed her
Good for her she love her nails
The reason given for cutting his nails after all this time was pain. Chillal told Guinness World Records this:
I am in pain. With every heart beat 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.
We're glad Chillal won't be in pain anymore.