Pop Quiz: Black Friday's Strange Side
- Which of the following have Black Friday shoppers NOT been caught trying to smuggle into a store?
C. Pepper spray bomb
D. Brass knuckles
- Answer: D
Answer: D. In 2010, a Florida man was arrested while waiting in line for Walmart to open its doors. Upon investigation, police discovered that he was attempting to bring a handgun, two knives, a pepper spray grenade and illegal pharmaceuticals into the store. He was not, however, packing a set of brass knuckles.
- 2. Where did Black Friday begin?
A. New York
D. Los Angeles
- Answer: C
Answer: C. By the early 1960's, police officers in the City of Brotherly Love had begun referring to the day after Thanksgiving as Black Friday, in honor of the heavy foot and automobile traffic that the sales brought.
- 3. In 2011, how much money did retailers take in on Black Friday?
A. $61.75 billion
B. $52.5 billion
C. $45.3 billion
D. $37.9 billion
- Answer: B
According to the National Retail Federation, Black Friday's haul - $52.4 billion - was a record for the holiday.
- 4. Which of these tragedies has NOT happened during a Black Friday retail melee?
A. Death by trampling
B. Death by shooting
C. A miscarriage
D. Full paralysis due to dragging
- Answer: D.
While there is no record of any Black Friday shoppers suffering from full paralysis, the holiday has had a stunning level of bizarre and brutal injuries associated with its sales. 2008 was an especially bad year: In Palm Desert, Calif., two men in a Toys R Us shot each other. On the opposite coast, a Walmart worker in Nassau County, N.Y., was trampled to death and another shopper suffered a miscarriage.
- 5. Black Friday start times have been creeping up in recent years. What's the earliest Black Friday opening time in 2012?
A. 4 AM
B. 1 AM
D. 8 PM
- Answer: 8 p.m.
For the last few years, retailers have been sliding up the start times for their Black Friday sales. This year, some Walmart and Sears stores are starting their big sales at 8 p.m on Thanksgiving Day.
- 6. The name Black Friday allegedly can be traced to the day's terrible traffic conditions, but there are other theories
A. It's the darkest day for retail workers
B. It's the first big late-night shopping day of the year
C. It's the date on which retailers begin to profit
D. In southern cities during segregation, it was the day set aside for African-American shoppers.
- Answer: C.
As early as the 1980s, a rumour began to spread that Black Friday was so named because it was the day that most retailers began to see a yearly profit -- or get into the black. (That rumour, it should be noted, was apparently started by retailers and advertisers.)