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The teacher said Chillal would not understand the kind of care it took not to break a long nail unless he did it himself.

Chillal had not cut his nails on his left hand since 1952.

It's estimated the nails have a combined length of 909.6 centimetres. His longest nail was of his thumbnail, which measured 197.8 centimeters.

It's the end of an era for the man who holds the world record for Longest Fingernails on One Hand.

But now look! He has had them cut and they have gone on display at Ripley's Believe it or Not! museum of weird and wonderful things in NY in the US.

Shridhar Chillal, 82, of Pune, India, decided that now was as good a time as any to get rid of the nails that he'd been growing since he was a teenager.

"I took it as a challenge", said Chillal. It is not known how much Chillal was compensated for his extraordinary nails.

Chillal made a decision to see how long he could grow them, even though the Guinness Book of World Records didn't exist then.

The nails, however, eventually became a burden for the 88-year-old man, whose left hand is permanently handicapped.

By the way, the woman with the longest fingernails in the world is American Anna Williams.

They took 66 years to grow but only a couple of minutes to chop off. The Guinness World Record holder is now finally said goodbye to his nails in an emotional farewell. "Times Square", Ripley's Believe It or Not! They together stretched about 30 feet, or the length of a bus, before he finally had them cut on Wednesday. Because the nails were very heavy and he carried them around with him for so long, he now has permanent problems with his left hand - even though the nails are gone.