If the Plymouth Pilgrims could see the orgy of overeating and megastore-shopping that their descendants have made of their holiday, I think we can all agree: they would feel nothing but pride. But how much do we really know about our November carb carnival? Ken Jennings, of Jeopardy! fame, talks turkey about the Thanksgiving misinformation we’ve been swallowing all these years.
The Debunker: Is “Black Friday” the Biggest Shopping Day of the Year?
When I was a kid, I remember my parents telling me that the day after Thanksgiving was the biggest day of the year for shopping malls. Like most six-year-olds, I didn’t follow sales closely, so this seemed counterintuitive. “Is it because of people lining up to return their Thanksgiving presents?” I asked, in all seriousness. “Yes,” said my father. “Yes, it is.” I believed this to be true for the next five to ten years.