Think your life sucks?
December 27, 2000 1:08 AM   Subscribe

Think your life sucks? This moron has spent his entire adult life growing his fingernails. It has cost him dearly. The hand is question is a misshapen claw. He has permanent nerve damage from the weight, resulting in permanent deafness in his right ear. But at least he's famous. (via
posted by Optamystic (12 comments total)
While looking for a picture of the guy (and his useless/awe-inspiring "skill"), I came accross this. Uh, weird.
posted by pnevares at 1:16 AM on December 27, 2000

A photo of the hand in question
posted by Optamystic at 2:19 AM on December 27, 2000

Bah! Joe Rogan's far too sensible for my liking (and linking). The "how many days can I go up and down this escalator for" breed of people, of which i'm a member, are wonderful and push staring competitions and eating AOL CDs to incredible limits. Hell, Mr Shridhar Chillal here, he hasn't just had his name printed in a book - his feat is known by millions and I appreciate the perserverance. Rogan is a wet blanket, or something. Shridhar Chillal well...

posted by holloway at 2:31 AM on December 27, 2000

I don't know, I mean, they're appalling at first, but after you look at the picture for a minute, they're actually kind of beautiful. They really are kind of like antlers.
posted by wiremommy at 2:36 AM on December 27, 2000

Nice. Weird. Bizarre. Beautiful. But worth losing my hearing and sleep for? Nah.
posted by Taken Outtacontext at 7:15 AM on December 27, 2000

As opposed to those of us who spend our adult lives surfing the net and posting our every thought on a blog?

To each his own. I'm a nail biter myself.

posted by bondcliff at 8:19 AM on December 27, 2000

Antlers! ROTFL, but no, wiremommy. That picture made me glad for being a lifelong nailbiter. (yayy bondcliff!)
posted by lia at 10:51 PM on December 27, 2000

Hey, dude, to each their own glory. How else does a poor guy from rural India make a mark in the world?

Sure, he's a kook, and yeah, the hand looks elegantly creepy, but this staggering accomplishment is certainly deserving of some kind of props.
posted by chicobangs at 1:40 AM on December 28, 2000

He's my hero! I wish I could stop biting my nails and after looking at that picture, I'm totally disgusted by the sight of cuticles.

posted by Poop(*)Head at 8:49 PM on December 28, 2000

How else does a poor guy from rural India make a mark in the world?

Um, be Ghandi?

Seriously, though...It's not like the guy did this on a lark. If you read the article, he has been virtually unable to sleep for 50 years. He won't get near his grandchildren (or anyone else, for that matter) for fear of breaking his nails. Not to mention suffering constant pain and permanent disfugurement. In other words, he has sacrificed many of the most basic, enjoyable, elements of his life, all in the pursuit of that abstract concept of fame. That is indicitive of a seriously fucked-up sense of priorities.

Hey, to each his own, to be sure. I just reserve the right to call 'em like I see 'em. And, in that picture, I see the hand of a moron.
posted by Optamystic at 9:45 PM on December 28, 2000

He's my hero.
posted by holloway at 12:58 PM on December 30, 2000

He's my mother.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 1:05 AM on January 5, 2001

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