Funny Business with Jane Wells


  Thursday, 26 Apr 2007 | 11:13 AM ET

"Authentic" California Lawsuits

Posted By: Jane Wells
The National Chamber of Commerce has named California as the worst state in the nation in terms of legal troubles for business. Apparently, the gold in the Golden State is going to lawyers. The Chamber claims many lawyers are flocking to California as other states tighten up requirements to go after companies in court. The state motto, "Eureka! I've found it!", is one attorneys are taking to heart! »Read more
  Tuesday, 24 Apr 2007 | 5:33 PM ET

Office Life

Posted By: Jane Wells
Three out of five American workers plan to buy their bosses a birthday present this year, according to WorkPlace Media. A fourth of those plan to spend more than $50. I wonder if three out of five bosses plan to buy a single employee anything... »Read more
  Monday, 23 Apr 2007 | 9:58 AM ET

Green Life and My Life

Posted By: Jane Wells
  Friday, 20 Apr 2007 | 9:48 AM ET

Booze Biz, a "Hit" Soda, Flammable Toilets & French Cuisine

Posted By: Jane Wells
Turns out tequila is giving beer a real headache. And friends, there's nothing quite like a tequila headache. But here's the twist. A new survey says more of us celebrate Cinco de Mayo than St. Patrick's Day, in the sense that two out of three Americans are more likely to have a margarita on May 5 than a beer on March 17. Who sponsored the survey? The Distilled-Spirits Council? Bud? Baileys? »Read more
  Thursday, 19 Apr 2007 | 9:16 AM ET

Spa Biz & Restaurant Biz

Posted By: Jane Wells
First, Americans started spending more on their pets than their kids. Now we just don't want to be around the children at all! A survey by ModernMom.com found that if moms were given an extra hour of free time every day (which would actually be the only hour of free time they'd have), 36% would use it sleeping, 19% would like to get a manicure or massage, and only 6% would spend that extra hour with the kids. »Read more
  Monday, 16 Apr 2007 | 8:15 AM ET

Trumping Adversity & Love in a Can

Posted By: Jane Wells
Someone has made a movie about comb-overs. Not only has someone made a movie about comb-overs, someone found a cable channel willing to air it. This is what happens when you have five million cable channels all needing to fill time. This is why you have 250 channels on your TV, but you only watch 12. In any case, the Sundance Channel is airing "Combover: The Movie," by Denver producer Chris Marino. Yes, there are shots of Donald Trump in it. »Read more
  Friday, 13 Apr 2007 | 9:23 AM ET

Germ Warfare & Love Hurts, Especially if You're Famous

Posted By: Jane Wells
Women are dirty. And I don't mean that in a "Playboy" way. Clorox commissioned a study on who leaves behind more germs. The results are disturbing: Women's offices on average have bacterial levels three times higher than men's offices. Researchers believe it's because "women seemed to have more stuff in their offices." Guilty. Particularly germ-ridden are women's computer mouses (mice?) and keyboards, which had up to FOUR times the germs found on male desk equipment. Women's desk drawers are even worse... »Read more
  Thursday, 12 Apr 2007 | 9:43 AM ET

A Manly "Funny Business" Report

Posted By: Jane Wells
The International Bottled Water Association brags that Americans last year drank nearly 28 gallons of bottled water each on average. Meantime, the Beer Institute's latest figures show we each drank 30 gallons of beer. Somehow, I don't think the same Americans chugging 30 gallons of Bud are also drinking 28 gallons of Evian. By the way, Nevada drinks the most beer at 43.2 gallons per gambler, er, person. Guess which state comes in second? »Read more
  Wednesday, 11 Apr 2007 | 2:19 PM ET

How to Survive Working for a Jerk

Posted By: Jane Wells
As I always say, I love this job because I learn something wild every day. My latest education involves jerks. I thought I was an expert on the subject. Au contraire! For example, there's a difference between the occasional jerk, which we all are, and a "certified" jerk. You're certifiable if you consistently make people feel bad, usually subordinates. And there are two kinds! The "clueless" jerk--think Steve Carell's character on "The Office"--and the "strategic" jerk--Meryl Streep in "The Devil Wears Prada." »Read more
  Tuesday, 10 Apr 2007 | 9:30 AM ET

Profit from "American Idol" without Paying FOX a Dime

Posted By: Jane Wells
This may be my favorite ingeniously cheap PR ploy of the year so far: KFC is STILL trying to convince "Idol" contestant Sanjaya Malakar to sport a "bowl cut," to promote the chain's Famous Bowls. Malakar is the young kid who hulas but doesn't sing very well, yet he continues to advance on "Idol" partly because of a subversive campaign by Howard Stern. »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.