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  Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | 8:09 PM ET

Wine Labels: Should They Include The Fish Bladders?

Posted By: Jane Wells
You like wine? I do. That's one reason an estimated $30 billion in wine was sold in this country last year. You think wine is made out of fermented grapes? Well...mostly. Here's what most winemakers don't want you to know: they put other stuff in wine, and they use a lot of non-grape materials in processing it. »Read more
  Wednesday, 10 Oct 2007 | 1:11 PM ET

The Ethanol Bubble?

Posted By: Jane Wells
Monsanto stock hit an all-time high Tuesday going into earnings. Turns out earnings reflected a fantastic 2007. Sales hit a record $8.5 billion. Corn seed and traits sales rose 76% in the fourth quarter alone! The company reported a loss for Q4, which I'm told is normal, since they use that quarter to build up seed inventories -- like a really big squirrel storing nuts for the winter. »Read more
  Tuesday, 9 Oct 2007 | 12:46 PM ET

Funny Money, Dirty Diaper Wars, and Fake Jane's Earnings Forecast

Posted By: Jane Wells
A man walked into a Giant Eagle supermarket in Pittsburgh Saturday and allegedly tried to change a $1 million bill. The clerk became "suspicious" (really? why is that?), and turned the bill over to the manager. The man with the mill bill got angry and then got arrested. He reportedly had no identification on him. I suspect he was just another disgraced CEO on the run, and that bill was no fake! »Read more
  Monday, 8 Oct 2007 | 12:00 PM ET

Some Funny Business With The Vlog...

Posted By: Jane Wells
First, apologies to those of you trying to click and play the vlog from Friday. No, it wasn't another pathetic bait-and-switch by me to drive up traffic, like when I posted Erin Burnett's picture for no particular reason. There seemed to be some technical issues. Rumors that management yanked it for not being appropriate are allegedly not true. »Read more
  Friday, 5 Oct 2007 | 4:11 PM ET

Like The Blog? Love The Vlog!

Posted By: Jane Wells
There's just too much Funny Business going on in America to fit in one blog. So click on the video and see more--Viagra, mice, the "gay bomb," and Dutch spoken backwards.  »Read more
  Friday, 5 Oct 2007 | 11:50 AM ET

Craigslist Post: I'll Marry You Only If You Make $500K

Posted By: Jane Wells
There is a huge debate on Craigslist in New York City over a posting by someone claiming she's 25 and "spectacularly beautiful." However, she's striking out in marrying someone rich. She's approaching the dilemma like a marketing challenge, looking for tips to successfully sell herself to the highest bidder. »Read more
  Thursday, 4 Oct 2007 | 12:52 PM ET

My Farm Report Names: The List So Far

Posted By: Jane Wells
This is why CNBC makes money. We ask readers and viewers to come up with branding slogans...for free! I've asked you to help me develop a name for my weekly farm reports, and the response has been fantastic. »Read more
  Wednesday, 3 Oct 2007 | 11:38 AM ET

Who's Jordan Belfort? I'll Tell You Exactly Who He Is

Posted By: Jane Wells
Jordan Belfort is the biggest Wall Street crook you've never heard of. He was the king of funny business (not in the ha-ha way) during the bull market of the '90s, nicknamed "The Wolf of Wall Street." I profile Belfort on "Business Nation" this month, and you'll learn how he created a brokerage called Stratton Oakmont which functioned like a cult. »Read more
  Monday, 1 Oct 2007 | 1:30 PM ET

Apple To My Core And Brand My Farm Report!

Posted By: Jane Wells
Off to the Yakima Valley in Washington to check out this year's apple crop. I'm hearing conflicting stories about whether there are enough pickers this year. Some farmers say they have enough, thanks in part of the homebuilding slump (subprime's silver lining: lower food prices!) »Read more
  Friday, 28 Sep 2007 | 3:57 PM ET

Wisconsin Is The Place For Me! (It's The Juice)

Posted By: Jane Wells
God Bless Wisconsin. Folks, you haven't really seen America until you've watched people wade into a cranberry bog and harvest one of the few fruits native to this continent. Better yet, put on waders and do the work yourself. I've done just that at Bill and Sandy Hatch's Dandy Creek Marsh, outside Wyeville, WI, population 146. People here could not be nicer. »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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