Cards Against Humanity offers poop for Black (or brown?) Friday

My Black Friday experience consisted of a quick trip to Best Buy (for a gift for my dad) and some browsing of Amazon.

I’m not into lineups, traffic or parking rage.

While my Email inbox has been littered with television, iPad and FitBit deals, the best  Black Friday bargain might be that offered by the gaming folks behind the mostly inappropriate Cards Against Humanity.

According to LAist, the game company offered up some poop in a box on Facebook as a thanks to their fans.MUDD13

[F]or Black Friday, they had an odd deal for their fans that popped up today on CAH’s Facebook. The post said that “to help you experience the ultimate savings on Cards Against Humanity this Black Friday, “we’ve removed the game from our store, making it impossible to purchase. Instead, we’re offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to buy some new bullshit.”

The bargain could be ordered online for the price of only $6, but could only be mailed to recipients in the U.S. On the outside, it looked like a simple black box labeled ‘Bullshit.’ But on the inside, it was promised to be “literal feces from an actual bull.” It was suggested the feces could be used to fertilize a garden, decorate a “festive tree,” or “surprised a loved one with the gift of poop.”

Many commenters on the Facebook post seemed to believe that ordering the box would result in receiving something other than poop, like perhaps new game cards. According to FAQ—or as CAH calls it, ‘your dumb questions’—people who ordered the special were just getting poop. Another question posed was, “Is it also something that is not poop?” to which the answer was no. It also clarified that the poop was not dangerous as it had been sterilized. And the answer to the question of whether it is legal to mail poop or not was, “Only one way to be sure.”

By sterilized I hope they mean it was properly composted to reduce the risk of pathogens.

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Dr. Ben Chapman is a professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University. As a teenager, a Saturday afternoon viewing of the classic cable movie, Outbreak, sparked his interest in pathogens and public health. With the goal of less foodborne illness, his group designs, implements, and evaluates food safety strategies, messages, and media from farm-to-fork. Through reality-based research, Chapman investigates behaviors and creates interventions aimed at amateur and professional food handlers, managers, and organizational decision-makers; the gate keepers of safe food. Ben co-hosts a biweekly podcast called Food Safety Talk and tries to further engage folks online through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and, maybe not surprisingly, Pinterest. Follow on Twitter @benjaminchapman.