What you didn’t know about the popular shopping holiday

Throngs of shoppers, endless lines and discounted goods — all signs point to the shopping occasion known as Black Friday. It’s become wildly popular, with many retailers offering products at largely discounted prices for a limited time.

Originating in 1950s and 1960s Philadelphia, Black Friday as a term was originally coined by the police. Reason being, after Thanksgiving in November, huge crowds from the annual Army­ versus Navy football game merged with shoppers travelling downtown to take advantage of early holiday shopping. Streets were packed, stores were filled to the brim and pandemonium ensued.