For example: More people will shop during Black Friday weekend than will watch the Super Bowl — or vote in the midterm elections.
With the biggest shopping day of the year approaching fast, let's take a moment to review some tidbits that you probably didn't already know about Black Friday. For example: Did you know that one of the most tweeted words during Black Friday last year was "Walking Dead?" Or that there's a board game in Germany called Black Friday? It's true!
And that's it, everything we know about Black Friday! (Except for all this other information, of course.)
Fell On Black Days
Other notable days that have been given the "Black" sobriquet include: Black Tuesday (the beginning of the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and the kick-off to the Great Depression); Black Wednesday (a September day in 1954 in which airline traffic was so bad it caused delays for more than 45,000 passengers); and Black Sunday (a 1975 novel by Hannibal Lector creator Thomas Harris, in which a madman plans to blow up the Super Bowl... with a blimp).
Historical Black Friday Lessons
Despite what you may have heard about certain accounting practices, Day After Thanksgiving Sales became known as "Black Friday" only after some cops in Philadelphia in 1961 began calling it that: they dreaded the epic traffic jams that would result from the high volume of holiday shoppers.
Bonus Fact: The term "Cyber Monday" was invented from thin air in 2005 by the National Retail Federation.
Black Friday Musical Accompaniment
The first single off of Katy Lied, the 1975 album by Steely Dan, was called "Black Friday." It charted at No. 37, so it wasn't very good. (It seems to be about a Wall Street crook who escapes to Australia, but you can pretend it's about shopping.)
And the Second Place Winner Is...
Yeah, Black Friday has historically been the biggest shopping day of the year. But, we bet ya didn't know that as of 2012, "Super Saturday" (the last weekend before Christmas) became the second busiest.
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other social networks accounted for a mere 1% of online sales on Black Friday last year.
You Sunk My Black Friday Ship!
Schwarzer Freitag (German for Black Friday) is a board game from 2010 in which players trade stocks until the market crashes. Whoever has the most money at the end wins. For ages 12 and up!
Choose to Choose Nothing
Some people call the Friday after Thanksgiving "Buy Nothing Day" and observe it by, unsurprisingly, buying nothing. (Do they call the day after that "Buy Everything We Didn't Buy Yesterday Day"?)
No Free Parking!
In New York City, shoppers rack up approximately $900,000 in parking ticket fines on Black Friday. (It's only about $270,000 on an average day.)
I'll Wait for the Movie to Come Out
The 1940 movie called "Black Friday" stars Bela Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff and isn't about shopping at all — it's about a brain transplant gone very wrong. (If you ask us, a botched brain-swap just might be less painful than waiting in line on Black Friday.)
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