In June of 2012, a string of unrelated incidents occurred that reminded some people of zombies. The incidents included the Miami cannibal attack, a Maryland man's confession that he ate his roommate's heart and part of his brain, and a New Jersey police chase in which a suspect cut himself with a knife and threw pieces of his intestines at police officers.
In the wake of the incidents, the term "zombie" was a high trending topic on Google Trends. An English professor at Misericordia University suggested that the public interest in the incidents was tied to fears of bioterrorism and economic instability, with Martha White also connecting the "zombie fascination" to economic events in an editorial in Time.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was asked about the incidents by the Huffington Post, and it responded that it "does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms)."
- ↑ "'Zombie apocalypse’ trending as bad news spreads quickly," CNN
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Feds vs. Zombies: CDC officially denies 'Zombie Apocalypse', RT
- ↑ Sheriff: Maryland student, 21, admits eating housemate's heart, part of brain - CNN.com
- ↑ Police: Hackensack man stabbed himself and threw intestines at officers - NorthJersey.com
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 "After gory incidents, online 'zombie' talk grows," The Associated Press
- ↑ Zombie Apocaplyse: Why Even the Economy and Consumers Can't Escape the Undead | Moneyland | TIME.com
- ↑ "No, the zombie apocalypse isn't coming, assures the CDC," MSNBC.com
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