Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Shridhar Chillal from Pune, near Bombay, has been a permanent fixture in the Guinness Book of World Records for the last 20 years for having the world’s longest nails. Each more than three feet long, they sprout like snakes from a misshapen left hand, which is permanently disfigured from the extra weight that Chillal, now 64, has been carrying around.
Unsheathed for Reuters from what looks like an oversized golf club cover, Chillal’s five precious appendages scarcely resemble fingernails at all. Thick and uneven, they appear more like bumpy antlers or oddly crafted walking sticks that twirl at their ends and are tortoiseshell in color.Measuring the longest at 4.8 feet, his thumbnail is a giant coil with clear plastic tape wrapped around the root of the nail for added support. His index finger nail is 3.7 feet long and others range from 4 feet to 4.25 feet.Ever cautious of even the slightest threat to his lovingly cultured fragile appendages, the slightly built man firmly keeps anyone and anything at more than arm’s length.