Funny Business with Jane Wells


  Wednesday, 19 Sep 2007 | 3:09 PM ET

K-Fed Rate Cut

Posted By: Jane Wells
What more can be said about the Fed's rate cut? Did Greenspan get us into this mess? Is Bernanke caving in getting us out? Are both trying to be popular? Here's my question: is Greenspan suddenly like Britney (we thought he was so hot but now...), while Bernanke is K-Fed (a strange background ornament who suddenly looks responsible)? »Read more
  Tuesday, 18 Sep 2007 | 10:23 AM ET

Gas Prices/Obesity: My Apology (But Eyebrow Raised)

Posted By: Jane Wells
Last week I blogged about a study from Washington University linking gas prices to obesity. The study proclaimed that for every $1 rise in a gallon of gas, we should see a 15% drop in obesity levels over five years, because people would walk or ride bikes more, and they'd have less money to eat fatty restaurant food. »Read more
  Monday, 17 Sep 2007 | 1:03 PM ET

A New Fake Jane? I Report, You Decide!!

Posted By: Jane Wells
This post will test a theory I have that management doesn't read this blog. Management doesn't even know who Fake Jane is, much to Fake Jane's dismay. I was hoping the new business network from "Down Under Man" (or someone who could be named Murdoch) might reach out to Fake Jane, but it has not. »Read more
  Friday, 14 Sep 2007 | 3:53 PM ET

O.J., Maloof, Countrywide And Me (Viva Las Vegas)

Posted By: Jane Wells
So I'm in Las Vegas, naturally on the day O.J. Simpson is questioned over an alleged robbery. It's an evolving story. Seems he's being named a suspect in the case though he says his involvement was part of a 'sting' operation to get the stuff back. »Read more
  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

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.