Mark Zuckerberg returns from paternity leave with dad jokes


Facebook chief executive and founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a ‘town-hall’ meeting at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi on October 28, 2015. Speaking to about 900 students at New Delhi’s Indian Institute of Technology, Zuckerberg said broadening Internet access was vital to economic development in a country where a billion people are still not online. (MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images)

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PALO ALTO, Calif. — New dad Mark Zuckerberg, fresh off paternity leave, cracked a joke on Facebook Monday that went viral within minutes.

The Facebook CEO and his wife, philanthropist Priscilla Chan, gave birth to a daughter, Maxima, back in December. On Monday Zuckerberg posted to his page a picture of his wardrobe, with the caption, “First day back after paternity leave. What should I wear?” The post also included a stressed face emoji and a note that he was “feeling undecided.”

The punchline? The choices were all the same: several gray t-shirts and slightly darker-gray hoodies.

Within half an hour, his post had more than 150,000 likes and 4,000 shares.

The casual, monotonous look is a bit of a staple for Zuckerberg, as one may find with a simple Google Images search. The style is similar to that of the late Steve Jobs, who was often seen in jeans and a black turtleneck.

According to Business Insider, the multi-billionaire was asked a couple of years ago about his rather subdued clothing, to which he replied, “I really want to clear my life to make it so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve this community.” Thus the same gray shirt nearly every day.

Poking fun at himself with a corny joke? Yep, Zuckerberg’s officially a dad.


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