Judge John Hodgman on Keeping Locks of Hair – New York Times

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Violet writes: One of my closest friends moved to Los Angeles, and I asked him if I could remember him by having some of his hair. Other friends have gladly done so, and I have hung their specimens on my wall. My friend has refused, stating that it is gross. But back in Victorian times, it was a common mourning practice.

The court regrets that it cannot force a person to donate to your adorable collection of human body parts (let’s not mince words). I am not surprised that your argument regarding Victorian traditions did not sway your friend, as it is basically announcing that he is dead to you. I will, however, send you a lock of my own hair, plus some beard trimmings (not a joke), for the court is your friend. In return please send a photo of them displayed in a place of honor, so I know you did not eat them to try to absorb my power.


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