1.  Nowadays, it often refers to the day after Thanksgiving, which is a huge day for shopping, both online and off.  (Why are you reading this when you could be shopping?!?)

2.  It’s also the name of a song from the 1975 Steely Dan album Katy Lied, in which the songwriter plans to “catch the grey men when they dive from the fourteenth floor.”  (Better use a big catcher’s mitt.  Grey men are hefty.)

3.  Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff starred in a 1940 film called Black Friday.  It dealt with a man who receives the brain of a gangster after an accident, with predictably dire consequences.

4.  The term also refers to many other historical events, such as the 1869 Fisk-Gould Scandal, which involved two speculators trying to corner the gold market with predictably dire consequences.

5.  Another Black Friday relates to the Eyemouth disaster, a devastating windstorm that killed 189 fishermen.

6.  Then there’s the Hollywood Black Friday from 1945, a labor riot at the Warner Brothers studio, which helped to usher in the Taft-Hartley Act.  (Thanks a lot.)

7.  November 18, 1910 brought the first documented use of police force against women suffragettes, resulting in over 200 assaults and in the name Black Friday being given to this event.

8.  At least 88 protestors were massacred in Iran on September 8, 1978, another Black Friday.

9.  On Valentine’s Day 2011, Li’l Kim released a mixtape by the name of Black Friday.  (It wasn’t such a nice gift for Nicki Minaj.)

10.  Black Friday is also notable for its plethora of National Basketball Association and National Hockey League games.

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