On 26 November 2012, the day after Thanksgiving weekend in the U.S., the Onion published an article positing that
42 Million Dead In Bloodiest Black Friday Weekend On Record
According to emergency personnel, early estimates indicate that more than
42 millionAmericans were killed this past weekend in what is now believed to be the bloodiest Black Friday shopping event in history.
First responders reporting from retail stores all across the nation said the record-breaking post-Thanksgiving shopping spree carnage began as early as midnight on Friday, when
13 millionshoppers were reportedly trampled, pummeled, burned, stabbed, shot, lanced, and brutally beaten to death while attempting to participate in early holiday sales events.
Law enforcement officials said the bloodbath only escalated throughout the weekend as hordes of savage holiday shoppers began murdering customers at
Wal-Mart,Sears, and JCPenney locations nationwide, leaving piles of dismembered and mutilated corpses in their wake.
By the following day links and excerpts referencing this article were being circulated via social media, with many of those who encountered the item mistaking it for a genuine news article. However, that article was just a bit of fictional humor spoofing “Black Friday” commercial madness from the satirical Onion publication.