The Week in Review: Funny Money Stories

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1. Wall St. protesters have money problem: Too much of it

The Occupy Wall Street Movement has to move some money around. “It has $435,000. Most of it came from online credit-card donations,” USA Today reports. “Handling the money, and figuring out what to do with it, could be one of the biggest challenges.”

2. More Facebook friends means more gray matter in brain, U.K. study finds

If you think Facebook makes you stupid, it could be just the opposite. “People who have more Facebook friends have more gray matter in their brains,” Bloomberg reports. The surprise finding “may spur further research on the relationship between social networking and the mind.”

3. For Christmas at Neiman Marcus: a $75,000 yurt

Fancy retailer Neiman Marcus always tries to hog the holiday-shopping spotlight with outrageously expensive gifts no one really needs. This year? “A $75,000 yurt for Christmas,” MSNBC reports. “A luxury version of the tent more associated with Mongol nomads.”

4. Automotive ‘black boxes’ raise privacy issues

Can your new car tattle on you? “So-called event data recorders that function much like the ‘black boxes’ on airplanes, and which are now installed on virtually all new vehicles, can give investigators incriminating details about your driving behavior in the final seconds before a crash,” USA Today reports. “Some motorists – fearful of what they see as an invasion of privacy – aren’t too happy about that.”

5. Jim Beam goes girly

When times are tough, men drown their sorrows in whiskey. But when times are really tough, the whiskey makers suffer too. That’s why Jim Beam is changing gears. “After 216 years of catering to guys’ guys — tattooed singer Kid Rock is a pitchman — the maker of the oak-aged bourbon is chasing women,” MSNBC reports.

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