CNBC Blogs Funny Business with Jane Wells


  Thursday, 13 Sep 2007 | 10:40 AM ET

Who Do You Want By Your Side During A Disaster?

Posted By: Jane Wells
Here's the funny thing about the business of Hollywood (okay, ONE funny thing, there are a million others): you can never predict what characters will stand the test of time.  In an effort to nudge more Americans to plan for disasters, the McCormick Tribune Foundation surveyed people about which fictional character they'd like help from during an emergency. »Read more
  Wednesday, 12 Sep 2007 | 10:05 AM ET

The Gas Diet: Higher Prices Means A Thinner You!?

Posted By: Jane Wells
Now we know why Europeans are thinner than we are. It has nothing to do with diet. It's because they pay so much more for gasoline. What? It's true! At least according to a study by a doctoral student from Washington University in St. Louis. »Read more
  Monday, 10 Sep 2007 | 11:21 AM ET

Toilet Humor: I like It (So Blame My Brothers)

Posted By: Jane Wells
I admit I'm a sucker for toilet humor. Sure, I'm a professional, mature working mother who goes to church and pays her taxes. All very Harriet Nelson-esque. But tell me a fart joke, and I laugh so hard I cry. Maybe it's because I grew up with three brothers who used to hold various disgusting contests. I won't go into details. Use your imagination. »Read more
  Friday, 7 Sep 2007 | 2:05 PM ET

Diet As You Check Out? (And Yes, Bag Your Own)

Posted By: Jane Wells
Wanna lose weight? Use the "self check-out" line at the grocery store. That's according to a survey done on, wait, what's this? A survey determining that "self check-out" is great! The study, done by IHL Consulting, says one reason self check-out is great is because the average woman could lose 4.1 pounds a year scanning and bagging her own! »Read more
  Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 3:52 PM ET

Chickens Will Fly, If I have Anything To Do With It

Posted By: Jane Wells
I'm here outside Edwards Air Force Base holding up a dead chicken on TV. Naturally! Actually, I am doing a story on how the military plans to test jet fuel made from chicken fat ("Yes, Erin and Mark now chickens can finally fly! Ha! ha... heh). »Read more
  Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 8:37 AM ET

Hot Weather? Come To Fahrenheit 129

Posted By: Jane Wells
We have been sweltering out here in the West, which leads me to my two favorite hot business pitches: First... they're trying to get people to come up to the Canadian Rockies to celebrate the centennial of Jasper National Park. The pitch: come to the newly-refurbished Miette Hot Springs! Uh, ok. I did a little research. »Read more
  Tuesday, 4 Sep 2007 | 1:59 PM ET

The Perfect Contest: America's Ugliest Office

Posted By: Jane Wells
I have found it. The perfect contest for the miserable office worker. Acco Brands is sponsoring America’s Ugliest Office. Enter at and you have a shot at either a 42” HDTV, or a TRIP TO HAWAII. Talk about bringing hope to the downtrodden! One mock-up of an ugly office has the chair doubling as a toilet, so you never have to leave. Nice. The contest runs through Nov. 30, and, so far, Jerry’s home office in Columbus gets my vote. »Read more
  Friday, 31 Aug 2007 | 12:35 PM ET

KFC Has A 'Finger Lickin Good' Mail Call

Posted By: Jane Wells
KFC is trying to get people to buy its new $2.99 lunch deals by going door-to-door at the office. Literally. It is paying to put plates of chicken on company mail carts making the rounds in office buildings before lunch. »Read more
  Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 | 8:51 AM ET

A&P Market Rap Video: Eat To The Beets Anyone?

Posted By: Jane Wells
Two brothers from New Jersey have been fired from an A&P market for filming a rap video called “Produce Paradise.” Click here to check it out. Yes, it’s juvenile and somewhat disgusting, and it reminds us all to thoroughly rinse our veggies when we get home from the grocery store. »Read more
  Wednesday, 29 Aug 2007 | 9:49 AM ET

Weight Loss: It's Location, Location, Location?

Posted By: Jane Wells
Wanna lose weight? Buy a bigger house. Researchers at the University of Washington found that for every $100,000 more a house is worth, the homeowners are 2% less likely to be obese. So wealth=trim, poor=fat. Wealth=ability to afford the gym and time to care about looking good; poor=just trying to get through the day and eating lots of prepackaged mac n' cheese. This is news? »Read more

About Funny Business with Jane Wells

  • If it was up to Jane Wells, she’d spend her entire day combing Mother Earth for stories and observations just for this blog. She has more fun writing Funny Business than anything else she does... professionally, that is. Funny business is whatever Jane considers hilarious, strange, fishy, or ridiculous, which pretty much covers everything on Wall Street. It is her hope this blog makes you smile, even when the news is grim. After all, it's only money.


  • Jane Wells

    Based in Los Angeles, Jane Wells is a CNBC business news reporter and also writes the Funny Business blog for