Impending Cicada Plague a Great Excuse to Work From Home

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A cicada appears in Fairfax Station, Virginia, U.S., on Friday, May 17, 2013. After 17 years of living underground, millions of cicadas are emerging on the U.S. East Coast. Members of brood 2 have not been seen in the region since 1996 and will be omnipresent for a few weeks - just long enough to breed and die.
This times 30 billion. Photo: Julia Schmalz/Bloomberg via Getty Images

They've already inundated the D.C. area, and as soon as the ground gets warm enough, the cicadas will begin to smother New York as well. It will be pretty disgusting (and loud) for a while, but there is one silver lining. "I made arrangements with my office so I can telecommute," a Virginia woman who is deathly afraid of bugs tells the Washington Post. Apparently this is an acceptable work-from-home excuse, so just tell your boss you suffer from crippling entomophobia and enjoy not showering.