In June of 2012, a string of unrelated incidents occurred that reminded some people of zombies.[1][2] The incidents included the Miami cannibal attack, a Maryland man's confession that he ate his roommate's heart and part of his brain,[3] and a New Jersey police chase in which a suspect cut himself with a knife and threw pieces of his intestines at police officers.[4][5]

In the wake of the incidents, the term "zombie" was a high trending topic on Google Trends.[5] An English professor at Misericordia University suggested that the public interest in the incidents was tied to fears of bioterrorism and economic instability,[5] with Martha White also connecting the "zombie fascination" to economic events in an editorial in Time.[6]

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)."[2][7]

See also


  1. "'Zombie apocalypse’ trending as bad news spreads quickly," CNN
  2. 2.0 2.1 Feds vs. Zombies: CDC officially denies 'Zombie Apocalypse', RT
  3. Sheriff: Maryland student, 21, admits eating housemate's heart, part of brain -
  4. Police: Hackensack man stabbed himself and threw intestines at officers -
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "After gory incidents, online 'zombie' talk grows," The Associated Press
  6. Zombie Apocaplyse: Why Even the Economy and Consumers Can't Escape the Undead | Moneyland |
  7. "No, the zombie apocalypse isn't coming, assures the CDC,"
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