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  Wednesday, 15 Aug 2007 | 4:28 PM ET

You Laugh Because it Hurts too Much to Cry

Posted By: Jane Wells
Regarding my earlier blogs on Countrywide spacer calling customers to remind them to pay their mortgages (which Countrywide confirms), I received this email from Michael Paslawskyj. He's a Senior Economist for the American Institute for Economic Research who says he's spent much of the last 25 years working in financial services and says he's never heard of such a policy. »Read more
  Wednesday, 15 Aug 2007 | 2:42 PM ET

A Celebrity-Studded Economic Outlook (And More Erin)

Posted By: Jane Wells
Just putting Erin Burnett's picture on my blog boosted my traffic more than 100% yesterday. Or maybe it was the Fake Jane pic. »Read more
  Tuesday, 14 Aug 2007 | 2:10 PM ET

Naked, Nigeria, Notes

Posted By: Jane Wells
Ok, so some of you felt a little ripped off by the last blog. You were. But it worked. Wondering what other key words I should use to promote clickage. "Buffett"? "Beastiality"? "Naked.... shorts"? Some suggest the answer might be to actually blog about something meaningful. Oh. »Read more
  Tuesday, 14 Aug 2007 | 9:55 AM ET

Erin Burnett and Me

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  Monday, 13 Aug 2007 | 5:05 PM ET

That's Hot

Posted By: Jane Wells
A company called Summer Soles says our feet are sweating sooooo much in this heat that we'd do ANYTHING to stop it. Naturally, the company sells peel-and-stick fabric sole inserts which whisk away foot sweat. Hey, somebody's gotta do it. »Read more
  Monday, 13 Aug 2007 | 12:04 PM ET

Not So Funny at Countrywide

Posted By: Jane Wells
Sometimes I'm funny, and sometimes I just THINK I'm funny. Here are some of the responses to the blog I posted Friday, while camping outside Countrywide Headquarters. »Read more
  Friday, 10 Aug 2007 | 2:29 PM ET

Countrywide: How Their "Pain" Got Me A Free Lunch Invite

Posted By: Jane Wells
So, I've been spending the entire morning today sitting outside Countrywide's corporate headquarters in Calabasas, California (at least there's a nice breeze). I'm covering the nuggets inside the company's quarterly regulatory filing which doesn't paint a pretty picture. Bottom line, the future of lending looks murky. Countrywide can't sell a lot of its loans to investors, so it's having to hold onto them. »Read more
  Thursday, 9 Aug 2007 | 3:12 PM ET

Elvis Gets A New And "Tasty" Tribute

Posted By: Jane Wells
I love the way press releases are written. Here are two very different ones. First, the press release making the biggest stretch: REESE'S® PEANUT BUTTER & BANANA CREME CUPS PAY TRIBUTE TO ELVIS PRESLEY. This is promoting--ok, I'm not kidding--new "Collector Edition Reese's Elvis cups" which feature "the unique flavor combination of peanut butter and bananas made famous by Elvis' love of peanut butter and banana sandwiches, a Southern favorite." COLLECTOR EDITION? Look for them to be bid up like crazy on eBay! »Read more
  Thursday, 9 Aug 2007 | 2:24 PM ET

A Foot Fetish Pay Off: But Fake Jane "Flip Flops"

Posted By: Jane Wells
Eric Distenfeld likes to watch people's feet. It pays off. Last week I told you that Distenfeld, a portfolio manager at Chestnut Ridge Capital, noticed a lot more people wearing Crocs to temple on Tisha B'av, a day in the Jewish tradition when you're not supposed to wear leather shoes. Distenfeld says he then bought a bunch of CROX shares heading into earnings. Earnings were stellar, and he made a killing. Now he's watching people's feet again... »Read more
  Wednesday, 8 Aug 2007 | 3:57 PM ET

The Pit Bull, The Farmer And Me

Posted By: Jane Wells
I am currently sitting in a McDonald's in Chino, California, where it's about 152 degrees outside. I've been in a corn field all day doing live shots on how companies like Monsanto are investing big money to genetically modify crops so they can withstand drought. Chino is best known for its dairy farms...and, well, you really can't appreciate the smell of the place until you've been here. The flies are so numerous they have their own Congressional district. »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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