Back in 1938, in the panic stricken run-up to World War II, somewhere between a couple hundred thousand and 1.2 million alien fearing Americans became genuinely freaked out when they mistook a radio production of H.G. Well's War of the Worlds for a real life news broadcast.

Yesterday, the same thing happened again only instead of a 40 minute commercial free, faux-newscast with hardly any allusions to the fictional nature of the broadcast, it happened with a three-year-old Onion video that warns of impending martial law and zombie attacks. Way to go people. Way to go.

Here are some particularly insightful quotes (okay, some are clearly kidding) from Facebook.

Please listen to the reading of this bill, then ask yourself this question: "Do I have a transparent government as Obama has promised"? - GH
WAKE UP SHEEPLE, THE END IS NIGH AND OBAMA WANTS TO DECLARE ML TO BEGIN THE NEW WORLD ORDER. FIRST OBAMACARE, NEXT CLASSIFIED THREATS!!! I HOPE UR HAPPY WHO U VOTED FOR NOW. IT'S NOT 2 LATE 2 DEMAND CHANGE, QUARTERS PREFERABLY; I HATE PENNIES. RABBLE RABBLE - AM
THIS IS FOR ALL OF YOU WHO BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE IT MADE AS A AMERICAN!! THE VERY SAME MADNESS THAT YOU SUPPORT WILL BE THE VERY SAME MADNESS THAT WILL KILL YOU!!!!!! - BOO
IF YOU THINK THAT THEY DON'T KNOW THAT SOMETHING VERY BAD IS GOING TO HAPPEN, YOU'RE WRONG.... THIS NEEDS TO BE UN-CLASSIFIED TODAY !!! WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW... THEY WORK FOR US.. - KH
Martial Law? Why is racism being used by the liberals since they announced Obamacare? Why do they attack the Tea Party as racists? The Tea Party is made up of people of all ethnicities and races who support the U.S. Constitution. Why aren't the reps stating on the record what events they expect and why they are now passing laws and preparing for martial law in America? - RC
And if you haven't had enough, there's always this.