Judge John Hodgman Episode 92: Grow v. Blade

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Brad brings this week's case against his wife Kyra. Brad and Kyra's 20-month-old son Winslow's hair has never been cut, and Kyra believes it's time to take the plunge. She claims his long hair gets in his face and the practical response is to trim it. Brad thinks his son's long hair sets him apart from other boys his age and would like to keep it untrimmed until Winslow turns 3. Brad also has a sentimental reason for keeping Winslow's hair long: he'd like to recreate a long lost photo taken of himself as a youngster with long hair. Do the ends justify the means, or should this toddler get a trim? Judge John Hodgman decides.

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Special thanks to Nathan Seltzer for suggesting this title.

EVIDENCE

Evidence from Brad
Exhibit A:

"Shows hair on a windy day and how it looks when it's in his eyes."

Exhibit B:

"I'd say this is what his hair looks like most of the time."

Exibit C:

"Looking especially mullety, which is what I fear he'll look like if he gets a trim."

Evidence from Kyra
Exhibit D:

"How Winslow's hair normally looks (I did not brush it aside for the picture)."

Exhibit E:

"The only fool-proof way to keep Winslow's hair out of his face."

Exhibit F:

"How long his hair was one year ago (to show how much it has grown in one year)."

Exhibit G:

"How short I would cut his hair if able. Notice his hair is still long, and he still looks adorable, but his hair is out of his face."

Additional Evidence
Photo #1

Photo submitted mid-trial by Brad.

Photo #2

Photo submitted post-trial by Brad.

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