Funny Business with Jane Wells


  Monday, 24 Sep 2007 | 3:13 PM ET

Stockton, California: Center of A New Age Gold Rush?

Posted By: Jane Wells
Today I am in Stockton, California. A lot of what you eat comes from Stockton, a major center of Central Valley agriculture. I wouldn't exactly call it a garden spot, but it has kind of come up in the world as an affordable commuter community for people working in Sacramento or even the Bay Area (an hour and a half away). »Read more
  Friday, 21 Sep 2007 | 3:04 PM ET

O.J. Becomes The iJ In His Own "Funny Business"

Posted By: Jane Wells
Another century, another O.J. Simpson trial. Las Vegas is gearing up for the ka-ching the media circus will bring to town. All the hotel rooms and meals that Marcia Clark and friends will take up covering the event should create quite a cash infusion. The bar tab alone will bail out several waitresses caught in the Vegas subprime meltdown. »Read more
  Thursday, 20 Sep 2007 | 11:27 AM ET

The Business of the Undead

Posted By: Jane Wells
There is a group of do-gooders based in St. Louis who hold blood drives and sell t-shirts and generally try to educate people about how best to prepare for disaster. Any disaster. Like, even the ultimate-worst-horrible-oh-my-goodness-I-can't-believe-this-is-happening-to-me kind of disaster. Just would that disaster be? Well, the group is called the Zombie Squad (or ZS), and it claims the worst of the worst is... zombies. »Read more
  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

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.