Good afternoon and happy Black Friday (more on that below)! 🛍️
A shop in Cesson, western France. Photo: David Vincent/AP
The idea of a Black Friday shopping day is spreading to countries that don't celebrate Thanksgiving, "prompting a backlash from some activists, politicians and even consumers," AP reports.
Black Friday shopping has spread to France, Russia, South Africa the Czech Republic, and the U.K., per AP. Some of the pushback:
Bottom line: "Globalized commerce has brought U.S. consumer tastes to shoppers around the world, from Halloween candy to breakfast cereal and peanut butter, sometimes even supplanting local traditions," AP writes.
Above, heavy snow fell at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area in California's Sierra Nevada.
Martinis are shrinking. "[B]aby martinis — or 'tinis, in bar world lingo — are sweeping into top bars," Bloomberg reports.
Editor's note: This is sacrilege. James Bond, whose martinis could be as large as 8 ounces, explained the correct approach in "Casino Royale":
I never have more than one drink before dinner. But I do like that one to be large and very strong and very cold and very well-made. I hate small portions of anything, particularly when they taste bad.
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