There are so many questions that bogs the mind on this story.

How did Shridhar Chilal move about with fingernails as long as double decker bus? How did he eat? How did he cope with such long fingernails for more than half a century?

We may never know how he did it but now know he has decided to have them cut. 

The 82-year-old, who currently holds the Guinness World Record for the longest fingernails ever on a single hand, has had his extraordinarily long nails taken to a museum for display, after it was cut.

The fingernails have gone on display at the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum in New York.

Mr. Chilal’s talons have a combined measurement of 909.6cm (358.1ins).

His thumbnail, the longest of the set, measures an incredible 197.8cm (77.8ins).

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Mr. Chilal is from Pune, India, stopped trimming his fingernails in 1952 after he was told off by a teacher for messing around with a friend and accidentally breaking the teacher's nail.

The teacher said Mr Chillal would never understand what it took to take care of long fingernails and the student set out to prove his teacher wrong, going on to dedicate his life to taking care of his claws.

"I don't know whether the teacher is dead now or not but I would definitely like to say that the thing for which you scolded me, I took it as a challenge and I have completed the challenge and now, I am here," he said.

"When I decided to cut my nails, it was difficult for me to make this decision," he said.

"But when I realised that after cutting my nails, my nails will be at Ripley's Believe It or Not! and they're going to maintain it very nicely and for a lifetime, then I felt like I was doing the right decision and that's why I decided to cut my nails."

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