There was no big secret to Cards Against Humanity creator Max Temkin's ploy to sell 30,000 boxes of actual bull feces on Black Friday. His game simply has a lot of fans, and some of those fans will evidently buy literally anything he sells. Still, Temkin broke down the finer points of shit-slinging in a blog post this week.
Are you one of the 30,000 thirsty rubes who were lucky enough to score the Cards Against Humanity Bullshit Box before it sold out on Black Friday? Congratulations: you are a reprehensible human being, and you got exactly what you deserved.
I remember sitting at the table with my parents, my father's parents and his brother, my mother's sister, and a couple of other people whose exact connection to our family I was too young to glean. The only image of Thanksgiving I had at the time, it quickly became the ideal for the holiday, which all others would be compared. Whatever conversations happened around the table were beyond my grasp, and I wasn't adventurous enough to try every food in front of me, but the warmth of family stuck with me.
This past weekend nearly 150 million Americans braved Black Friday — literally a deadly holiday — spending at least $57 billion dollars in pursuit of the sale. And yet evidence suggests that the idea of a sale price is largely artificial. So why do we have such a Pavlovian response whenever the word "doorbuster" is used?
It's Black Friday 2013 and Walmart sales are up, Walmart shoppers are down, online sales continue to grow, and the working poor can't even afford to buy the discounted goods they're selling. No matter where you are in the United States, it's hard to escape the reach of the shopping madness, something everyone pretends to hate until they have a bargain-priced new television in their family room.
It's that time of the year again. Time to gather your loved ones to celebrate Thanksgiving's most time-honored tradition.