The Week in Review: Funny Money Stories

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1. Chrysler UAW workers caught doping, drinking – again

Everyone knows drinking and driving is bad. But drinking and building cars? “The Fox TV station in Detroit has again caught on video Chrysler union workers smoking dope and drinking before work and on their lunch break,” USA Today reports. That’s right – this was the second time in a year.

2. Madagascar tops list of the world’s worst economies

If you think the U.S. economy is bad, don’t move to Madagascar. The island nation in the Indian Ocean is on the top of the Forbes list of the World’s Worst Economies in 2011. “A history of military coups, economic mismanagement and steady population growth has left Madagascar in the dust,” MSNBC reports.

3. Fan who returned Jeter ball gets baseball card

When baseball superstar Derek Jeter’s homerun brought him to 3,000 hits, the fan who caught the ball expected a windfall. After all, ballplayers have been known to pay big money to get back an important ball. But in this case, the fan got fame instead of fortune. Christian Lopez will be pictured on a baseball card, Bloomberg reports. “Lopez will visit the New York offices of Topps next week to be outfitted in a Yankees’ jersey for his photo shoot. The card, complete with his own statistics and information about his day at Yankee Stadium, will be distributed within packs of six to eight Major League Baseball cards.”

4. Say goodbye to paper savings bonds

The U.S. government plans to save money by not printing money. Or more specifically, savings bonds. “Starting next year, you’ll no longer be able to buy paper savings bonds at banks and other financial institutions,” CNN reports. “The move will save taxpayers $70 million over the first five years.”

5. Hatchbacks are making a comeback

The uncoolest cars of the past millennium are cool once again. “Sales of hatchbacks from all brands increased 63 percent from the 2006 to the 2010 model years,” USA Today reports. “By comparison, total car sales fell 21 percent in the same period.”

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