Furloughed Government Workers Launch #ShutdownBeard Trend


Furloughed government workers are just wrapping up their first week of forced “vacation” meaning, according to a new trend, that they should have a pretty decent starter beard going by now.

All non-essential workers and their sympathizers have organized a creative way to mark the passage of government shutdown time on Twitter. They’re growing epic beards.

The movement has even spawned its own Twitter handle, though it needs a bit of follow love.

Other furloughed workers have launched new Twitter handles specifically to document their trips to the zoo, the changing of laundry loads, and other things you do in the face of nascent unemployment.

Women can get in on the fun, too. Though a few of them seem to be having real trouble letting go.

I’m a flat-lander, so I was already growing my beard out for winter. But sure, I’ll hop aboard the bandwagon.

Are you growing out your beard to support furloughed government workers?

Dusten Carlson
Dusten has written for web and print and currently spends his time working on his upcoming graphic novel. He is also almost 30 and still has all of his hair.


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