| Culture |

It's Official: Coconut Grove Man's Arm Hair is Longest in the World

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

Riptide has fondled the blonde and silky tufts of greatness. And today, Coconut Grove resident Justin Shaw's arm hair is recognized as the longest in the world. Move over, Mark McGwire; it seems that there are still heroes amongst us after all.

In September, we took a tape measure to the Crazy Pianos drummer's left-forearm tuft and were staggered by its length: 5.75 inches. That number eclipsed the then Guinness-verified record for arm hair length -- 5.3 inches on the left arm of a Wisconsin high schooler -- by almost half an inch.

To be recognized by Guinness, you need to have your record verified by local media (us) and "upstanding members of the community" -- Justin had two firefighters from his local firehouse measure his arm hair on camera. And a few days ago, he received an official certificate (pictured after the jump) in the mail. Apparently, Guinness recognized his record from that fateful moment that the firefighters grabbed hold of his tuft, meaning that he's already been the keeper of the world's longest arm hair for more than four months. "It's a pretty sweet victory," he tells Riptide. "It's been a long road getting here. All that's left for me to do now is destroy my own record."

As for that Wisconsin kid with the has-been follicles, Robert Starrett denied our Facebook request the first time around and now has ignored Justin's. The new record-holder understands why Starrett might be bitter. "His record wasn't broken," says Justin. "It was smashed."

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.