Funny Business with Jane Wells


  Monday, 9 Apr 2007 | 9:19 AM ET

J-Lo on "Idol," Mother's Day Pitches And More

Posted By: Jane Wells
J-Lo Down Low. Jennifer Lopez will be on "American Idol" this week, and, frankly, I can't wait to see her and Sanjaya have a "session." But the question is, who needs whom more at the moment? Idol's ratings are down 10% according to Nielsen. But Lopez's new album, her first Spanish-language endeavor, sold only 48,000 copies its first week. That's fantastic for.... »Read more
  Thursday, 5 Apr 2007 | 8:01 AM ET

The NOT "Million Dollar Challenge" Contest Winner!"

Posted By: Jane Wells
It's been very exciting holding the first Funny Business contest. Sure, we're not "The Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge," but at least we're... well, not. My contest asked readers to explain this incomprehensible press release.. »Read more
  Wednesday, 4 Apr 2007 | 9:07 AM ET

We Love Our Pets, Blame it on the Weather, & More

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  Tuesday, 3 Apr 2007 | 8:16 AM ET

Speaking of April Furhst, The Loneliest Job, and The Contest!

Posted By: Jane Wells
He’s the result of ingenious marketing: The Maytag repairman. Alone. Unneeded. Lonely. Lonelier still, the actor who plays him, Hardy Rawls. He’s being let go. Instead, Maytag’s new owner, Whirlpool, has held a national audition for the “new face” of the repairman. The winner is Clay Jackson of Richmond, Virginia, a former realtor who entered the contest “on a whim.” Man, if I were a realtor in this housing market, I’d also be looking for a more stable career, like acting. »Read more
  Monday, 2 Apr 2007 | 10:29 AM ET

The Prom Business Has Legs (And The Contest Continues)

Posted By: Jane Wells
As the mother of a couple of high school students (gag me), the prom has turned into a major annual expenditure. By some estimates, Americans spend about $4 billion a year on the event—dresses, tux rentals, flowers, limos, tickets. All for something we all desperately want to attend, believing it will be the highlight of our youth, though it usually turns out to be … just OK. »Read more
  Monday, 2 Apr 2007 | 6:26 PM ET

Wires Crossed, Girls Gone Legitimate ... and a Contest!

Posted By: Jane Wells
Filthy rich (in every way) Joe Francis, co-founder of Girls Gone Wild, has to show up in a Florida court today to explain why he had a tantrum during mediation to settle a federal lawsuit. Francis is being sued by some teenage girls and their parents for being victimized while “flashing in public.” Maybe you shouldn’t flash in public? Just a thought. »Read more
  Thursday, 29 Mar 2007 | 8:45 AM ET

You Think You Have Problems, Prts. 1, 2, 3...

Posted By: Jane Wells
According to Schering-Plough, 65 MILLION Americans suffer from constipation. That's nearly one in five of us. Really? Are 65 million Americans, like, constipated all the time? Once a month? Bummer. The company is touting the over-the-counter availability of its prescription strength laxative, MiraLAX. The announcement contained this little factoid which caught my eye... »Read more
  Tuesday, 27 Mar 2007 | 5:19 PM ET

The Outdoor Litter Box Is Coming (It's About Time)

Posted By: Jane Wells
A San Diego attorney named David Schwartz is seeing dollar signs. He has patented a cat litter box that ... I'm not kidding ... connects the house to the litter box. This way the cat does its business outside without being exposed to the elements. Schwartz came up with the idea because his three cats took over a room in his home and it really smelled. »Read more
  Tuesday, 27 Mar 2007 | 8:47 AM ET

Pulp Fiction Indeed And "Curing" Underarm Sweats

Posted By: Jane Wells
Director Quentin Tarantino tells GQ, "I might have been Shakespeare in another life." He says others have told him there are too many parallels, though he himself wouldn't know: "I have never really been into Shakespeare." In 2004, Forbes says 657,000 Shakespeare titles were sold, 388 years after his death. Do you think in 388 years they'll be selling... »Read more
  Monday, 26 Mar 2007 | 8:46 AM ET

Business "Scents" And Burger Taste Test

Posted By: Jane Wells
For decades, the Holy Grail of television has been... Smell-o-vision! Be careful what you wish for. A new website, www.scenttv.tv, launches today, making money by providing online content that contains smells. All you need to do is pony up $18-$28 a month, depending on the length of your subscription, and you will receive a Scent Dome! (?) »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.