‘Twas the night before Black Friday and all through the house, bargain shoppers clipped coupons before braving the crowds.

To some, Black Friday may not sound like a picturesque holiday story as eager shoppers push and shove their way into department stores like it’s the Running of the Bulls. Daring deal-dashers, on the other hand, look forward to the chaotic day of supercharged commerce all year round. Forget salivating over turkey and stuffing, the increased hype around holiday savings has shoppers craving something a bit more appetizing to their wallets—unbeatable deals. Rushing out the door well before the crack of dawn with their sneakers tied tight, a freshly brewed cup of coffee in one hand and a stack of coupons in the other, Black Friday shoppers hit the sidewalks to stand in long lines hoping to score the ultimate holiday gifts. Some even camp out the night before.

Here are five fun, little-known facts about Black Friday:

1. Conflicting Beginnings

The origin of the term Black Friday is not black and white. Several stories circulating the Internet tell conflicting tales about how the name came to be. One story suggests the name traditionally signified the day when retailers began to turn a profit, known as "going in the black." Legend has it, term was coined in the 1960s, when stores kept accounting records by hand—red ink indicated a loss, black a profit.

A second popular story—also originating in the 1960s—claims the term Black Friday was coined in Philadelphia as the day between Thanksgiving and the annual Army-Navy football game that was played in Philadelphia on the following Saturday. The large crowds were a plus for retailers, but the city of brotherly love became anything but for cops, cab drivers and anyone else trying to manage the bustling streets. To reflect how irritating and frustrating the day was, it became known as “Black Friday.”

Regardless of where the name originated, Black Friday has taken on a new meaning in the past decade. Now the term refers to a chaotic unofficial holiday consisting of stores opening before the crack of dawn, coupons pouring out of newspapers, and the most dedicated shoppers skipping Thanksgiving turkey for a camping spot outside of popular retail stores.

2. A Spending Spectacular

In 2012, sales for the four-day period surrounding Black Friday were estimated at $59 billion according to CNN Money. Analysts predict these numbers to climb again this year, with more shoppers expected to buy online than in the stores. The average holiday shopper spends about $400.

3. Buying Frenzy Around the World

Similar shopping holidays are recognized around the world. Boxing Day, the day after Christmas, is celebrated by shoppers in England, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It’s a day of shopping madness when eager buyers take advantage of drastic price cuts. In China, Nov. 11 is known as Singles Day, a day dedicated to celebrating unattached young people in the country. What started off as an alternative Valentine’s Day in the 1990’s is rapidly becoming the world’s largest online shopping extravaganza.

4. Hot Items

While flat screen TVs, laptops and other discounted electronics are all the rage in Black Friday ads, they are not the most-sold items. Clothing and clothing accessories are the top sellers during the buying bonanza.

5. Brown Is the New Black

This year, Black Friday savings are coming a bit early. Select stores are opening their doors Thanksgiving Day to kick off what is referred to as Brown Thursday. Many storefront campers and early-bird shoppers will swarm the registers into the night instead of the wee hours of the morning. It’s a whole new shoppertunity that has bargain hunters feasting their eyes on more than just turkey. The trend has consumers asking what’s next—gray Wednesday?

Cyber Monday is also a growing trend as more shoppers are expected to purchase items on their computer instead of at the register. Online sales tipped the scale at $1 billion last year. According to Adobe’s forecast, the Monday after Thanksgiving is expected to break the $2 billion mark this year. If the predictions prove correct. this Cyber Monday will be the highest single U.S. online shopping day ever.