Funny Business with Jane Wells


  Friday, 9 Nov 2007 | 4:14 PM ET

The XXX Version Of Me (In Your Dreams!)

Posted By: Jane Wells
Apparently there are several Jane Wells' on the internet. There's me, there's my alter ego Fake Jane, there's a Jane Wells who blogs on liberal issues for The Huffington Post. And then there's a Jane Wells with a web site of her own that's, well, adult in nature for sure. »Read more
  Friday, 9 Nov 2007 | 12:46 PM ET

Missing Your Favorite TV Show? Try The Internet

Posted By: Jane Wells
Ok, this is not funny. I don't watch that much TV, but every January I watch "24," and every Thursday night I watch "The Office." That is, I record them, I don't actually watch them live. This way I can skip through the ads, which, I guess, is part of the problem with making money in television these days. »Read more
  Friday, 9 Nov 2007 | 11:18 AM ET

George Bush, John Madden, Robin Williams: Insurance Salesmen?

Posted By: Jane Wells
Who says the insurance business is boring? Ok, it is (although I know a guy who once had to insure Bill Gates' Porsche years ago. He told me they charged him a fortune since they figured a guy like that would eventually want to see what 200 mph is like and wouldn't really care about the repair costs). »Read more
  Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 3:39 PM ET

Lonerbook.com: In Your Face, Facebook!

Posted By: Jane Wells
Eric Starkman runs a corporate communications firm called Starkman & Associates, and he has a good, cynical sense of humor. That's even though his company describes itself in the sort of consultant-speak he should be mocking... »Read more
  Wednesday, 7 Nov 2007 | 1:36 PM ET

Tesco's Fresh & Easy: Have Wal-Mart, Costco, Met Their Match?

Posted By: Jane Wells
Tesco is an awful name for a company that sells food, don’t you think? Makes me think of Texaco, or Test-co, or something else that starts with “test” which I won’t mention here. Perhaps that’s one reason why you won’t see the name Tesco anywhere on the UK grocery giant’s long-awaited, very expensive entry into the U.S. market. »Read more
  Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 8:34 AM ET

Google's Spam Czar Wants YOU! (To Use His Product)

Posted By: Jane Wells
Google will someday rule the world. Look, it’s true. I’m just saying this so when it happens you're not surprised. Apparently one of the top priorities of the Google Defense Department (the GD Dept.? The Googagon?) will be fighting SPAM! Email spam is, as we all know, like herpes—the best you can hope for is to keep it in check until the next erupt »Read more
  Monday, 5 Nov 2007 | 12:04 PM ET

Ted Danson Talks WGA Strike And Larry David

Posted By: Jane Wells
Folks, we are in for a long, ugly strike in Tinseltown unless something gives this week. I covered the Writers strike in 1988, and people lost their homes. Nineteen years later, as Julia Boorstin is reporting, both sides have less leverage because consumers have so many more entertainment outlets now compared to then, from YouTube to Xbox. »Read more
  Sunday, 4 Nov 2007 | 12:37 PM ET

Need A Little "Despair.com" In Your Life?

Posted By: Jane Wells
Thanks to Tim J. for sending me a link to the BEST WEB SITE EVER (ok, I exaggerate): www.despair.com. On Despair.com, they take on the corporate motivational crud you've been forced to eat for years, like those posters which promise to stimulate 'Hope,' 'Success' and 'Teamwork', and turn them on their "corporate head," with a special twist. »Read more
  Friday, 2 Nov 2007 | 9:41 AM ET

"Whining" Without The Dining

Posted By: Jane Wells
I love wine. Love, love, love it. What I love even more are wine aficionados who take themselves way too seriously—people who overreach to describe wines. Like the blogger who says the bouquet of a white had "a smell that runs away as I try to pull it in." Oh, lordy! Imagine trying to talk football with him. »Read more
  Thursday, 1 Nov 2007 | 9:02 AM ET

Need A Halloween Hangover Excuse? Get It Right Here

Posted By: Jane Wells
The internet never ceases to amaze and amuse with its ability to support any business idea, no matter how far-fetched. And advertisers keep lining up. The latest idea may be of help if you stayed out too late at a Halloween party and are too groggy to get to work. »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.


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


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