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23 Nov 2012 10:14 PM   |   9642 clicks   |   NPR
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Babwa Wawa     
It's a good point, though. In years past, stores would advertise their "Thanksgiving weekend sales" and such. Now, they come right out and talk about their "Black Friday Sales" on radio and television. I'd think they could come up with something that doesn't bring Sauron and hordes of goblins to mind.

23 Nov 2012 07:07 PM
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Lionel Mandrake    [TotalFark]  
Oh thanks for the "knowledge" NPR, you snobs.

Next you're going to ruin "Bloody Sunday" with your damn liberal "facts"

23 Nov 2012 07:13 PM
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Three Crooked Squirrels    [TotalFark]  
Black Friday "was not a happy term," department store historian Michael J. Lisicky told CBS News last year.

OK. Didn't know there was a need for someone to be an official department store historian, but I guess there is a niche for almost anything.

23 Nov 2012 07:20 PM
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Ennuipoet    [TotalFark]  
No one who works in retail thinks of Black Friday in any other way than the darkest.

23 Nov 2012 07:32 PM
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Shostie    [TotalFark]  

Ennuipoet: No one who works in retail thinks of Black Friday in any other way than the darkest.


That's... racist...?

23 Nov 2012 07:50 PM
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Snarfangel     
Is it the Friday when bubonic plague caused all of Europe to rush out and buy coffins?

23 Nov 2012 08:08 PM
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Ennuipoet    [TotalFark]  

Shostie: That's... racist...?


It's a metaphorical darkness, a bleakness of spirit, a prevailing sense of doom.

So, in a Republican sort of way, maybe.

23 Nov 2012 08:16 PM
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doglover     
Black Friday "was not a happy term,"


It still isn't you pretentious sack of

23 Nov 2012 08:41 PM
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Generation_D    [TotalFark]  
I thought it was the day after thanksgiving when we let the servants, who were mostly "black" (from all that hard work on thanksgiving you see) go shopping.

23 Nov 2012 08:42 PM
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Babwa Wawa     

Generation_D: I thought it was the day after thanksgiving when we let the servants, who were mostly "black" (from all that hard work on thanksgiving you see) go shopping.


Similarly, Boxing Day was when we let the slaves fight over the holiday leftovers. Of course in the 20th century we gave them gloves, so as to make the tradition more humane.

23 Nov 2012 08:54 PM
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Babwa Wawa     

doglover: It still isn't you pretentious sack of


Except for all the TV and radio commercials advertising "Black Friday Sales."

23 Nov 2012 08:57 PM
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Nadie_AZ    [TotalFark]  
Radio does not work that way.jpg

23 Nov 2012 09:06 PM
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Krieghund     
Next they're going to say "Bloody Sunday" isn't just a song about a chick losing her virginity.

/how long
/how loooong

23 Nov 2012 09:42 PM
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doglover     

Babwa Wawa: doglover: It still isn't you pretentious sack of

Except for all the TV and radio commercials advertising "Black Friday Sales."


That doesn't trigger a stress response in you? I know it makes my hackles rise.

23 Nov 2012 09:54 PM
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Nadie_AZ    [TotalFark]  

Krieghund: Next they're going to say "Bloody Sunday" isn't just a song about a chick losing her virginity.

/how long
/how loooong


Tooooniiiiight. We can stop the flow. Toniiiiiight

23 Nov 2012 09:55 PM
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Generation_D    [TotalFark]  

Krieghund: Next they're going to say "Bloody Sunday" isn't just a song about a chick losing her virginity.

/how long
/how loooong


When fact is fiction and TV reality.

23 Nov 2012 10:07 PM
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Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom     
Wow. I'm honestly surprised they didn't try to claim it was somehow racist

23 Nov 2012 10:16 PM
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SirEattonHogg     
Babwa Wawa
2012-11-23 08:54:40 PM
Generation_D: I thought it was the day after thanksgiving when we let the servants, who were mostly "black" (from all that hard work on thanksgiving you see) go shopping.

Similarly, Boxing Day was when we let the slaves fight over the holiday leftovers. Of course in the 20th century we gave them gloves, so as to make the tradition more humane.


Except isn't boxing day not an American tradition? First I heard of it was from Canadian relatives. So the slavery connection doesn't make any sense. I haven't bothered looking at the internet for its origins so I'm just going off of my personal experience.

23 Nov 2012 10:20 PM
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Buzzerguy    [TotalFark]  
"Hello. This is NPR ... Coming up next, Sarah MacLachlan's music cued up to pictures of abused animals"

How exactly does your radio work?

23 Nov 2012 10:20 PM
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StoPPeRmobile     

Shostie: Ennuipoet: No one who works in retail thinks of Black Friday in any other way than the darkest.

That's... racist...?


Came for this.

Was going to use:
Columnist Paul Mulshine wrote in New Jersey's Star-Ledger. "All of that negativity makes sense. 'Black Friday' has a naturally gloomy sound to it."

23 Nov 2012 10:20 PM
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LDM90     
I never bought the whole "in the black" explanation. That's just stupid. It's called black because its horrible.

23 Nov 2012 10:20 PM
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signaljammer     
I think the gloves were introduced to make the fights last longer rather than to protect the pugilists.

23 Nov 2012 10:20 PM
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CptnSpldng     
25.media.tumblr.com
You gonna do that to me, we ALL gonna share.

23 Nov 2012 10:21 PM
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StoPPeRmobile     

Ennuipoet: Shostie: That's... racist...?

It's a metaphorical darkness, a bleakness of spirit, a prevailing sense of doom.

So, in a Republican sort of way, maybe.


Proctology? Since you pulled that of your ass I was inspired, threadshiatter.

23 Nov 2012 10:21 PM
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i upped my meds-up yours     

Three Crooked Squirrels: Black Friday "was not a happy term," department store historian Michael J. Lisicky told CBS News last year.

OK. Didn't know there was a need for someone to be an official department store historian, but I guess there is a niche for almost anything.


Historians are getting narrower and narrower remits these days. Need has nothing to do with it if you can a. publish a paper or two and b. get an adjunct gig at Buttwipe State University, Dingleberry Extension.

23 Nov 2012 10:23 PM
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Tax Boy     
hiphopwired.com

Black Friday?

23 Nov 2012 10:25 PM
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Indubitably     
I love NPR.

However, they are being influenced by money, as everyone.

Where is the the free media?

I will pledge my voice just now for justice and fair mind in reporting.

Madam/Sir: I will write for you.

Let's find/fund our voice, no?

We can.

23 Nov 2012 10:25 PM
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Indubitably     

Indubitably: I love NPR.

However, they are being influenced by money, as everyone.

Where is the the free media?

I will pledge my voice just now for justice and fair mind in reporting.

Madam/Sir: I will write for you.

Let's find/fund our voice, no?

We can.

the the

, indeed.

To edit

23 Nov 2012 10:26 PM
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Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom     

Generation_D: I thought it was the day after thanksgiving when we let the servants, who were mostly "black" (from all that hard work on thanksgiving you see) go shopping.


Why did you think that?

23 Nov 2012 10:27 PM
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tenpoundsofcheese     
The proper term is "Friday of color"

23 Nov 2012 10:30 PM
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LDM90     

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Wow. I'm honestly surprised they didn't try to claim it was somehow racist


Not sure why that surprises you.

23 Nov 2012 10:31 PM
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StoPPeRmobile     

tenpoundsofcheese: The proper term is "Friday of color"


Ahem.

Attractive and Successful Friday.

23 Nov 2012 10:32 PM
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tenpoundsofcheese     

Generation_D: I thought it was the day after thanksgiving when we let the servants, who were mostly "black" (from all that hard work on thanksgiving you see) go shopping.


wut?
do you think the people who could afford servants were the ones who hung out on Friday and cleaned up and took care of the house guests?

23 Nov 2012 10:32 PM
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OtherLittleGuy    [TotalFark]  

tenpoundsofcheese: The proper term is "Friday of color"


I thought it was "Attractive and Successful Frigg's Day".

23 Nov 2012 10:32 PM
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hurdboy    [TotalFark]  

Nadie_AZ: Radio does not work that way.jpg


And whatever group she's pitching probably paid for their damn spots.

23 Nov 2012 10:34 PM
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EvilRacistNaziFascist     

Lionel Mandrake: Oh thanks for the "knowledge" NPR, you snobs.

Next you're going to ruin "Bloody Sunday" with your damn liberal "facts"


In fact, they forgot to suggest that the use of the word "dark" to connote anything negative is actually a racist "code word", so in that sense they've betrayed their liberal principles with this article.

23 Nov 2012 10:34 PM
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Yogimus     
"End of week's negrothon" didn't fit on calendars.

23 Nov 2012 10:37 PM
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kidsizedcoffin     

Buzzerguy: "Hello. This is NPR ... Coming up next, Sarah MacLachlan's music cued up to pictures of abused animals"

How exactly does your radio work?


In theory, NPR could get a website and maybe even post articles and other such nonsense on it.

23 Nov 2012 10:38 PM
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Krieghund     

Indubitably: Where is the the free media?


Here you go. But I warn you...it ain't pretty.

23 Nov 2012 10:39 PM
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Ready-set     
Black = making $

Red = losing $

Not too complicated. It is appropriate considering the dark behavior 'people' exhibit to save $10.

23 Nov 2012 10:39 PM
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Emposter    [TotalFark]  
department store historian Michael J. Lisicky told CBS News last year.

Who says you can't get a job with a liberal arts degree?

23 Nov 2012 10:43 PM
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StoPPeRmobile     

Ready-set: Black = making $

Red = losing $

Not too complicated. It is appropriate considering the dark behavior 'people' exhibit to save $10.


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23 Nov 2012 10:44 PM
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Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom     

LDM90: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Wow. I'm honestly surprised they didn't try to claim it was somehow racist

Not sure why that surprises you.


Really? Several morons in this thread are trying to claim that, why wouldn't NPR?

23 Nov 2012 10:44 PM
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StoPPeRmobile     

Emposter: department store historian Michael J. Lisicky told CBS News last year.

Who says you can't get a job with a liberal arts degree?


People that forget the past.

23 Nov 2012 10:46 PM
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Nadie_AZ    [TotalFark]  

Rufus Lee King: SirEattonHogg: Except isn't boxing day not an American tradition? First I heard of it was from Canadian relatives. So the slavery connection doesn't make any sense. I haven't bothered looking at the internet for its origins so I'm just going off of my personal experience.

Boxing day originated in England. On the day after Christmas, black servants who had been discovered pilfering food the day before were placed in boxes for the following day. This concept was later explored in the movie Cool Hand Luke.


Sh*t. I can't find my spoon.

23 Nov 2012 10:48 PM
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Nina_Hartley's_Ass     
CASEY KASEM'S AMERICAN TOP 40 - 6/21/75

#40 "I'LL DO FOR YOU ANYTHING YOU WANT ME TO" - Barry White
#39 ROCKFORD FILES" - Mike Post
#38 "RHINESTONE COWBOY" - Glen Campbell
#37 "BLACK FRIDAY" - Steely Dan
#36 "I'M ON FIRE" - The Dwight Twilley Band
#35 "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" - Elvis Presley
#34 "PLEASE MR. PLEASE" - Olivia Newton-John
#33 "ROCKIN' CHAIR" - Gwen McCrae
#32 "MIDNIGHT BLUE - Melissa Manchester
#31 "ONE OF THESE NIGHTS" - The Eagles
#30 "WHY CAN'T WE BE FRIENDS" - War
#29 "SHINING STAR" - Earth, Wind, & Fire
#28 "BABY THAT'S BACKATCHA" - Smokey Robinson
#27 "SWEARIN' TO GOD" - Frankie Valli
#26 "DYNOMITE" - Bazuka
#25 "HEY YOU" - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
#24 "MISTY" - Ray Stevens
#23 "THE WAY WE WERE/TRY TO REMEMBER" - Gladys Knight & The Pips
#22 "I'M NOT IN LOVE" - 10cc
#21 "ATTITUDE DANCING" - Carly Simon
#20 "I'LL PLAY FOR YOU" - Seals & Crofts
#19 "THE LAST FAREWELL" - Roger Whittaker
#18 "PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM" - Elton John
#17 "OLD DAYS" - Chicago
#16 "THANK GOD I'M A COUNTRY bOY" - John Denver
#15 "BAD LUCK (PART 1)" - Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
#14 "BAD TIME" - Grand Funk
#13 "MAGIC" - Pilot
#12 "ONLY WOMEN" - Alice Cooper
#11 "TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS" - The Doobie Brothers
#10 "CUT THE CAKE" - The Average White Band
#9 "LISTEN TO WHAT THE MAN SAID" - Paul McCartney & Wings
#8 "GET DOWN, GET DOWN (GET ON THE FLOOR)" - Joe Simon
#7 "THE HUSTLE" - Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
#6 "SISTER GOLDEN HAIR" - America
#5 "LOVE WON'T LET ME WAIT" - Major Harris
#4 "I'M NOT LISA" - Jessi Colter
#3 "WILDFIRE" - Michael Murphey
#2 "WHEN WILL I BE LOVED" - Linda Ronstadt
#1 "LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER" - The Captain & Tennille

23 Nov 2012 10:48 PM
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diaphoresis     

Generation_D: I thought it was the day after thanksgiving when we let the servants, who were mostly "black" (from all that hard work on thanksgiving you see) go shopping.


well, that didn't take long.

23 Nov 2012 10:54 PM
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Shadow Blasko     

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: CASEY KASEM'S AMERICAN TOP 40 - 6/21/75

#40 "I'LL DO FOR YOU ANYTHING YOU WANT ME TO" - Barry White
#39 ROCKFORD FILES" - Mike Post
#38 "RHINESTONE COWBOY" - Glen Campbell
#37 "BLACK FRIDAY" - Steely Dan
#36 "I'M ON FIRE" - The Dwight Twilley Band
#35 "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" - Elvis Presley
#34 "PLEASE MR. PLEASE" - Olivia Newton-John
#33 "ROCKIN' CHAIR" - Gwen McCrae
#32 "MIDNIGHT BLUE - Melissa Manchester
#31 "ONE OF THESE NIGHTS" - The Eagles
#30 "WHY CAN'T WE BE FRIENDS" - War
#29 "SHINING STAR" - Earth, Wind, & Fire
#28 "BABY THAT'S BACKATCHA" - Smokey Robinson
#27 "SWEARIN' TO GOD" - Frankie Valli
#26 "DYNOMITE" - Bazuka
#25 "HEY YOU" - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
#24 "MISTY" - Ray Stevens
#23 "THE WAY WE WERE/TRY TO REMEMBER" - Gladys Knight & The Pips
#22 "I'M NOT IN LOVE" - 10cc
#21 "ATTITUDE DANCING" - Carly Simon
#20 "I'LL PLAY FOR YOU" - Seals & Crofts
#19 "THE LAST FAREWELL" - Roger Whittaker
#18 "PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM" - Elton John
#17 "OLD DAYS" - Chicago
#16 "THANK GOD I'M A COUNTRY bOY" - John Denver
#15 "BAD LUCK (PART 1)" - Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
#14 "BAD TIME" - Grand Funk
#13 "MAGIC" - Pilot
#12 "ONLY WOMEN" - Alice Cooper
#11 "TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS" - The Doobie Brothers
#10 "CUT THE CAKE" - The Average White Band
#9 "LISTEN TO WHAT THE MAN SAID" - Paul McCartney & Wings
#8 "GET DOWN, GET DOWN (GET ON THE FLOOR)" - Joe Simon
#7 "THE HUSTLE" - Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
#6 "SISTER GOLDEN HAIR" - America
#5 "LOVE WON'T LET ME WAIT" - Major Harris
#4 "I'M NOT LISA" - Jessi Colter
#3 "WILDFIRE" - Michael Murphey
#2 "WHEN WILL I BE LOVED" - Linda Ronstadt
#1 "LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER" - The Captain & Tennille


That was a fantastic week in music

Except maybe numbers 1 and 2

23 Nov 2012 10:55 PM
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KrispyKritter    [TotalFark]  

SirEattonHogg: Babwa Wawa
2012-11-23 08:54:40 PM
Generation_D: I thought it was the day after thanksgiving when we let the servants, who were mostly "black" (from all that hard work on thanksgiving you see) go shopping.

Similarly, Boxing Day was when we let the slaves fight over the holiday leftovers. Of course in the 20th century we gave them gloves, so as to make the tradition more humane.


Except isn't boxing day not an American tradition? First I heard of it was from Canadian relatives. So the slavery connection doesn't make any sense. I haven't bothered looking at the internet for its origins so I'm just going off of my personal experience.


you kids deserve to know the truth. Canada = liars. not only were they all about slavery, they also made black gentlemen beat hell out of each other for their own entertainment. sick bastards, every one of them.

23 Nov 2012 10:57 PM
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fuligin     
I don't give a fark what you call it. I just finished working 8 hours of it at an Apple retail store (if you've ridden an especially crowded NYC subway train at rush hour, complete with unbearable noise, bumping, sweating, swearing, laughing, and buying thousands of dollars worth of electronics), then a bonus 5 more hours at a clothing retailer.

Kill. Me. Please.

23 Nov 2012 11:04 PM
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