Why do we call the day after Thanksgiving "Black Friday"?
- Because of the violence that happens that day
- In accounting, black means profit
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said "The only gift is a portion of thyself". Well, Ralph Waldo Emerson has clearly never walked by a Best Buy on Black Friday. 30-40% of company's annual sales happen on that day and that day alone. When an accountant is checking his books, a day of profit is written in black and a day of loss is written in red which is where Black Friday gets its ominous title from not the mourning that occurs when by 3pm that same day, Victoria Secret is clear out of sweatpants. It's true there have been countless theories from violent attacks in Philadelphia, to people tending to sleep in that day to slavery being the cause for the definition but however it originated before the reason we have "Black Friday" now is thanks to accounting.
- Because one day all the stores had a power outage
- Because people historically tended to call in sick that day