Pop Quiz: A Brief and Bizarre History of Black Friday

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Once upon a time, Black Friday was a magical, mysterious night, a yearly tradition that landed somewhere between trick-or-treating and midnight mass. For shoppers with a mercenary bent, it offered a hint of danger, the thrill of the hunt, and the chance to save a few bucks on Christmas shopping.

Over the last few years, however, the late-night lineup to the shopping season has transformed from a playfully combative evening into a full-bore retail hellscape, a "Mad Shopper Beyond Thunderdome" free-for-all, complete with cuts, scrapes, stabbings, arrests and the occasional fatality.

Tales of retail danger notwithstanding, Black Friday doesn't seem to be going anywhere. As we head into this year's bout of retail combat, we wanted to reflect on where it came from, and recap some of the worst tales to come out of the annual shopping frenzy. With that in mind, we offer our Black Friday Pop Quiz. Think you're an expert on America's biggest retail holiday? Take a peek!

Bruce Watson is a senior features writer for DailyFinance. You can reach him by e-mail at bruce.watson@teamaol.com, or follow him on Twitter at @bruce1971.

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I thought that Black Friday was a day when only black people were allowed to shop.

November 25 2012 at 7:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hey. We never went out on black friday, however, I have [ as a bachelor ] went out on christmas eve. Mayby not so bad, but bad enough. I just don't got asmuch game anymore.

November 25 2012 at 5:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

until I saw the draft saying $9668, I have faith that my friends brother woz really bringing home money part time online.. there neighbor had bean doing this for under 12 months and just paid for the depts on there home and bourt themselves a Subaru Impreza. I went here, -+-+-+ bit40.com -+-+-+

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November 24 2012 at 10:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

yo man why it gota be kalled black friday? U saying u only discount stuff so we people can afford to buy it? Waddup wit tat. I don't get the whole color thang, and when we gonna rename that hole white house thing, thats bout prejudice as u can get yo.

November 24 2012 at 10:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Evan thinks Black Friday is when just Afro Americans can shop.

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