42 Million Dead on Black Friday Weekend: More People Fall for the Onion Satire

November 28, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

For two years running now, people are falling for The Onion’s satirical article, “42 Million Dead In Bloodiest Black Friday Weekend On Record.”

“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,” the satire reads in part.

It was published around Black Friday in 2012, but has been shared en masse in 2013 and 2014.

And for some reason, people apparently believed it again. “The Onion has run this story like 3 years in a row and it’s still reeling people in,” one person commented on the site’s Facebook page.

Here’s the Onion’s disclaimer: “The Onion is a satirical weekly publication published 52 times a year on Thursdays. The Onion is published by Onion, Inc. The contents of this material are © Copyright 2010 by Onion, Inc. and may not be reprinted or re-transmitted in whole or in part without the express written consent of the publisher. The Onion is not intended for readers under 18 years of age.”

It adds: “The Onion uses invented names in all its stories, except in cases where public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.”