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“A record 247 million shoppers visited stores and websites in the post-Thanksgiving Black Friday weekend this year, up 9% from 226 million last year, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation released Sunday,” the CNN reports reads. The headline reads: “247 million shoppers visited stores and websites Black Friday weekend.”

This would seem to mean, according to these statistics, that basically all Americans over the age of 14 went shopping this past weekend.

There are, according to the 2010 Census, an estimated 308,745,538 folks living in this country. Under the age of 5 years old, there are 20,201,362; between 5-9, there are 20,348,657; and between 10-14, there are 20,677,194.

That means, if you subtract those who are too young to shop, 0-14 year olds, from the total U.S. population, there are 247,518,325 people in this country. The number of people CNN reports who went shopping this past weekend…


  1. RonF
    Posted November 27, 2012 at 8:12 am |

    There may have been 247 million store and web site visits – but surely almost every one was part of a shopping trip where a given individual made multiple visits. If each person who went shopping made 10 visits, then that would be 24.7 million people who went shopping.

    Because I don’t see how they could, in this short of a space of time, anyway, determine who was involved in each visit.

  2. MikeG
    Posted November 27, 2012 at 9:28 am |

    87% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

    *throws the bullshit flag at CNN*

  3. Claire
    Posted November 27, 2012 at 9:41 am |

    CNN– creating reality since 1937!

  4. DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!)
    Posted November 27, 2012 at 10:09 am |

    Inflated numbers. The MSM claims to be merely keeping us abreast of things, they’re really tryin’ to keep the Obama myth afloat.
    At least left & right can agree on Christmas shopping and sharing the milk of human kindness, although it sucks sometimes.
    Trouble is, they’re turnin’ America into Elbonia.

  5. Posted November 27, 2012 at 10:27 am |

    Geez, lady. If you’re just gonna drown those puppies, I’ll take the one with the pink nose!

  6. Merovign
    Posted November 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm |

    I’m going to go out on a limb and say some of that information isn’t accurate. The numbers, mainly.

  7. geezerette
    Posted November 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm |

    The numbers don’t have to be accurate they are not for those who know. They are for Obama voters.

  8. DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!)
    Posted November 27, 2012 at 6:56 pm |

    Fake but accurate.

  9. tctsunami
    Posted November 27, 2012 at 7:33 pm |

    So, it was CNN that tallied up the votes in the last election?
    Explains alot.

  10. LLoyd
    Posted November 27, 2012 at 8:50 pm |

    I DON’T BOTHER, LIKE MOST, TO BELIEVE anything THESE lying c-suckers say. Look at how we were jerked around DAILY on the employment numbers. Like a freeking yo-yo. LIke Rush said look for the jobless rate to be a hair below 8 percent before the election. It was 7.9% and you got the LSM calling that a huge success.

    The country was taken over Chicago style. We have had the biggest fuggin since the Civil War. And wait til we see how the Dems Alinsky the hell out of the House and other Reps. They are going to be blood gutless on taking the House with Pelosi again and then we’re really gonna be talking