A Brief History of Black Friday

The Christmas shopping season began when stores opened early today to draw in bargain-hunters. When did the day after Thanksgiving become such a milestone? And where did the name Black Friday come from? The answers to these questions and more are at mental_floss today. Link

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I knew it! When I was in college and worked at a department store, we called Black Friday "black" because it was a miserable day filled with greedy miserable rude people. Everyone insists that it is called black because of the profits.

Nevertheless, Black Friday has become a disgusting pseudo-holiday, where the stupidity and greed combine to trample people, spend money that one does not have, and to spit in the face of human decency.
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