CNBC Blogs Funny Business with Jane Wells


  Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 12:51 PM ET

Lady Gaga 'Water Boards' California

Posted By: Jane Wells

Lady Gaga found out we have a huge drought in California while she was out here doing a music video near the humongous swimming pool at Hearst Castle.

Now she wants to Water Board you. She's working with state water boards to urge Californians to conserve.

The resulting marriage of hot fame and dry earth is, well, a bad romance.

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  Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 1:10 PM ET

Germany wins another world beach nudity

Posted By: Jane Wells

Germans are in the throes of ecstasy after winning the World Cup. Expect raucous celebrations. And nudity.

Hey, it's summertime, the weather is warm. In Deutschland, that means it's time to go clothing-optional, at least at the beach.

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  Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | 1:02 PM ET

Germany vs France: A World Cup drinking game

Posted By: Jane Wells

One hundred years after the First World War started, and 70 years after D-Day, Americans on this Fourth of July can sit back and watch what happens when Germany tries to invade French territory Brazil.

Or at least that's how ESPN may play it.

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  Thursday, 5 Jun 2014 | 9:37 AM ET

Welcome to the pork-cooking center of the universe

Posted By: Jane Wells

Inside the Swine Barn at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, it smells like...a swine barn. At this year's World Pork Expo, a record 4,007 pigs are registered for the show.

Outside the Swine Barn, however, it smells, well, delicious. The Expo is hog heaven for those who love the other white meat.

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  Friday, 23 May 2014 | 12:32 PM ET

Real 'Mary Janes': Meet the women of pot

Posted By: Jane Wells

I've noticed an emerging trend in the marijuana industry in Colorado.

There are an awful lot of women running these businesseswhether it's retail pot shops, manufacturing edible products infused with cannabis or running testing labs.

At this week's first-ever Colorado Cannabis Summit in Denver, the entire panel of local experts on safety and technology was made up of women.

"I like to call them the marijuana mavens," said Brooke Gehring, a former mortgage banker who now owns four pot stores in Colorado.

Read MoreColorado cracks down on edible pot products

"It blows my mind, the incredible women I've met in this industry," said Genifer Murray, founder and CEO of CannLabs, a state-certified lab that tests the potency and safety of recreational pot products.

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  Tuesday, 20 May 2014 | 10:55 AM ET

UCLA students explain Snapchat and sexting

Posted By: Jane Wells

"Facebook is ancient, Snapchat's just old."

Wise words from Khalid McCaskill, a student at UCLA. McCaskill typifies today's social media user: young, engaged and showing about as much loyalty to one platform as Zsa Zsa Gabor did to marriage. (Google that one, kids.)

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  Tuesday, 20 May 2014 | 1:20 PM ET

Edward Snowden: Comic book superhero?

Posted By: Jane Wells

What do Edward Snowden, Sarah Palin and Justin Bieber have in common?

They all hate each other. Probably.

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  Monday, 28 Apr 2014 | 11:59 AM ET

Eric Decker wants to help you with your 'problems'

Posted By: Jane Wells

Eric Decker has it pretty rough.

He's gorgeous. He has a gorgeous wife. They just had a baby. They have their own reality show on E! Decker is a professional football player who spent three years with the Denver Broncos and has been traded to the New York Jets.

What a train wreck.

As Decker struggles to adjust to a new life in a new city with a new baby ... rolling in the money ... Ruffles has hired the wide receiver to be its frontman for a funny promotion called "Rough Life."

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  Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 1:33 PM ET

I deserve a raise! Or at least some free tacos!

Posted By: Jane Wells

Here's an amazing piece of news. Many Americans think they make a fair wage.

But not everyone.

A new survey by found that nearly 2 in 5 workers say they are unfairly paid for the work they do. More women than men see a gender wage gap.

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  Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:40 AM ET

Sick from your job? My grandma would laugh at you

Posted By: Jane Wells

This week I got lucky. I scored a business trip to a Lockheed Martin facility where they make all kinds of warfare simulators—everything from tank mock-ups to pretend F-35 jet fighters. I got to play, but even playing was stressful.

I can't imagine how stressful it must be in real life, being a soldier on patrol in hostile territory for hours at a time.

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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