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Can "Crasher Squirrel" Make Money?

Thursday, 20 Aug 2009 | 11:56 AM ET

If there was ever an opportunity to cash in on nonsense, it's the squirrel who forced its way into a self-timed photo by Melissa and Jackson Brandts while they vacationed in Banff. Who wants to worry about healthcare and the national debt when we can all look at THIS?

Crasher Squirrel
Crasher Squirrel

"Crasher Squirrel" has been a huge hit. Now Buzzfeed is letting people insert the squirrel into their own photos. The results can be hilarious. Over 800 people have participated. Here's one of my favorites.

Crasher Squirrel on the moon
Source: Buzzfeed
Crasher Squirrel on the moon

I decided to make my own Crasher Squirrel photo using Buzzfeed--combining the greatest mind in investing with the hottest critter in new media. Warren Buffett + Crasher Squirrel=$$$.

Crasher Squirrel with Warren Buffett
Source: Buzzfeed
Crasher Squirrel with Warren Buffett

Well, at least the Buffett part makes $$$ with or without the squirrel. Not sure the Brandts are able to capitalize on this. They've started a Facebook fanpage for the animal, but there's no money there. Maybe they could sell T-shirts at CrasherSquirrel.com.

Oh wait, somebody's already grabbed that domain name! However, the owner's accepting bids. Tick-tock. Seems to me Crasher Squirrel's got a narrow window of opportunity before being supplanted by the next internet craze, like the amazing basketball shot by Denis Clemente. or Nora, the Piano Playing Cat.

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  • 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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