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Black Friday (or is it Thursday?) is finally here after weeks up build-up. Apologies for putting a damper on the excitement, but it’s pretty depressing to know that people rushed through Thanksgiving dinner last night just to get out and fight over deals on cut-rate TVs and cheap point-and-shoots. For quality gear, the deals aren’t even necessarily that great.

Yet people still get whipped into a frenzy over the promise of incredible prices. Let’s just hammer home this point once more: Black Friday chaos has killed people. Last year, some people were pepper sprayed while others sprayed bullets. How is that even possible? Which weird, rage-inducing evolutionary strings does the Black Friday phenomenon pluck?

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In today’s pictures, a van is trapped in a hole that opened up in a road in China, fishermen cast a net in floodwaters in India, miners and civil guards clash in Spain, and more.

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RAGING ON
RAGING ON: An Afghan boy who works at a bakery watched a protest in Kabul Friday. Twelve people were killed on Friday in the bloodiest day yet in protests over the desecration of copies of the Quran at a U.S. military base. Riot police and soldiers braced for more violence. (Ahmad Masood/Reuters)

DAMAGED
DAMAGED: A police station in Peshawar, Pakistan, was attacked Friday morning by three militants who blew themselves up after nearly two hours of gun battle with the police. Four policemen were killed and five others injured in the shootout. (Umar Qayyum/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

ASHES
ASHES: A refugee boy from Myanmar searched the ruins of his home at the Um-Piam refugee camp on Friday. According to local officials, around 5,000 people lost their homes in a fire in Um-Piam, a refugee camp along the Thai-Myanmar border that houses more than 17,600 refugees. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

PADDLE SPORT
PADDLE SPORT: American Tyler Hinton competed during the Oceania Championships/Olympic Qualifier at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium in Sydney, Australia, on Friday. (Dean Lewins/EPA)

HEADING TO THE MOSQUE
HEADING TO THE MOSQUE: A man rested next to his crutches along the pathway leading to Haji Ali Mosque in Mumbai on Friday. (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

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SHIPSHAPE
SHIPSHAPE: Workmen painted and repaired the Royal Yacht Britannia in a dry dock at Forth Ports on Friday in Edinburgh, Scotland. The yacht has been power washed to remove barnacles and is currently getting three coats of paint that will protect it for years to come. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

DEVOTION
DEVOTION: Hindu pilgrims took a dip at the confluence of the Ganges River and the Bay of Bengal at Sagar Island, south of Kolkata, on Friday. Hindu monks and pilgrims are making an annual trip to Sagar Island for the one-day festival of Makar Sankranti. (Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters)

AWAITING EVICTION
AWAITING EVICTION: Residents of the Pinheirinho slum in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, stood ready to defend their neighborhood from police they expected to arrive with a court order to evict them on Friday. (Marcelo Alves/Reuters)

POLIO FREE
POLIO FREE: Babloo, a 14-year old Indian boy affected by polio, waited to get his brace at the Delhi Council for Child Welfare Orthopedics center in New Delhi on Friday. India marked a year since its last case of polio Friday. (Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images)

READY TO RIDE
READY TO RIDE: Indian soldiers trained on stunt motorcycles in preparation for an upcoming Republic Day parade in New Delhi Friday. Republic Day is Jan. 26. (Kevin Frayer/Associated Press)

MOURNING A STATESMAN
MOURNING A STATESMAN: Firefighters unfurled a large American flag outside St. Peter the Apostle Church in Parsippany, N.J., before the funeral of Assemblyman Alex DeCroce on Friday. Mr. DeCroce, 75, the top Republican in the state Assembly, died Monday night. (Mel Evans/Associated Press)

HELP ON THE WAY
HELP ON THE WAY: Victims of ethnic violence in Jonglei, South Sudan, waited for emergency food rations at the World Food Program distribution center in Pibor. The International Organization for Migration said Friday that a convoy of four trucks carrying supplies is en route to Pibor. (Michael Onyiego/Associated Press)

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PLEDGING ALLEGIANCE
PLEDGING ALLEGIANCE: Cadets of St. Petersburg naval technical college took part in a loyalty oath ceremony in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday. (Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters)

PANNING FOR GOLD
PANNING FOR GOLD: A villager collected sludge that may contain gold, leaking from the pipelines belonging to U.S. Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold mining, in Kwanki Lama village, Indonesia, on Friday. (Muhammad Yamin/Reuters)

BOXED IN
BOXED IN: An Occupy Wall Street protester painted slogans on a box at Zuccotti Park in New York City on Thursday. (Deng Jian/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

AFTER THE STORM
AFTER THE STORM: A Filipino boy sat on the roof of a destroyed shanty in Navotas city, north of Manila, Philippines, on Friday. Late last month, the country was struck by Typhoons Nesat and Nalgae. (Francis R. Malasig/EPA)

MAMA BIRD
MAMA BIRD: A hen attacked a stray dog that got too close to her sick chick, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday. (Narendra Shrestha/EPA)

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