Today is Black Friday. It’s pretty much the craziest shopping day of the year, when people try to get the best deals possible in the shortest amount of time. Whether you’re participating in Black Friday, working today, or just glad not to be a part of all the craziness, here are the funniest memes about this very special shopping day.
Black Friday Memes Make Fun of the Crazy Shopping Day
According to History.com, the first recorded use of Black Friday was actually used for a financial crisis of the U.S. gold market on September 24, 1869. History notes: “Two notoriously ruthless Wall Street financiers, Jay Gould and Jim Fisk, worked together to buy up as much as they could of the nation’s gold, hoping to drive the price sky-high and sell it for astonishing profits. On that Friday in September, the conspiracy finally unraveled, sending the stock market into free-fall and bankrupting everyone from Wall Street barons to farmers.”
That was a crazy day in U.S. history. But somehow the term evolved to refer to the day after Thanksgiving. A common story that’s told, History.com noted, is that after operating at a loss (which is called “in the red”) retailers were able to go back into the black and earn a profit the day after Thanksgiving. That was because shoppers bought so many items that had been discounted.
That’s not actually where the name came from, though. History.com notes that in the 1950s, Philadelphia used the phrase “Black Friday” to describe how shoppers flooded the city on Friday in advance of the Army-Navy football game that was every Saturday after Thanksgiving. As a result, cops and other professions had to work really long shifts to keep up with the demand. It wasn’t until the 1980s that the term started to spread to the rest of the U.S., History.com continues. Around then, retailers changed the phrase to have a more positive concept.
Now we also celebrate Small Business Saturday/Sunday and Cyber Monday in addition to Black Friday.
Sometimes Black Friday gets a little insane.
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Black Friday is basically just a reenactment of the storming of the Bastille 🙄 On July 14, 1789, a force of about 1,000 peasants, 61 French Guards, and 5 artillery men the Parisian political prison known as the Bastille. The main cause of the peasant revolt was economic due to a failed wheat crop season. While 98% of the population was starving, the 2nd Estate enjoyed a luxurious lifestyle. The Bastille, which held seven political prisoners, was stormed as a symbol against the French aristocracy. While 98 members of the civilians died during the insurgence, the storming of the Bastille was seen as a watershed moment in the French Revolution since it motivates the 3rd Estate to revolt against the aristocracy. Today, July 14 is celebrated in France as their national day. #apeuro #europe #euro #euromemes #history #historymeme #historymemes #france #french #frenchmemes #frenchrevolution #bastille #bastilleday #3rdestate #blackfriday #blackfridaymemes #blackfriday2018 #July14 #frenchday #july141789 #july #4 #1789 #18thcentury #1700s
And retailers feel like they’re re-enacting some kind of huge battle scene.
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Others feel quite prepared for the apocalypse.
But sadly, our wallets might not feel quite so prepared.
However, there could be some great videos to watch later.
Whatever the case, Black Friday can be a great opportunity to get some really great deals. Just remember to be kind to the people working today, since they’re going to have a really long day.