The Week in Review: Funny Money Stories

1. Starbucks to sell beer, wine in Atlanta, Southern California

Alcohol at Starbucks? It’s been done for a couple of years now at only a single Seattle store – and now the plan is expanding. “Starbucks is planning to add beer, wine and food such as savory snacks and hot flatbreads to the menus in four to six outlets in both Atlanta and Southern California,” MSNBC reports. Gives new meaning to, “Make it a double.”

2. Taco Bell enters breakfast arena

Speaking of restaurants expanding into new areas – how about a taco first thing in the morning? Actually, Taco Bell is planning a nationwide breakfast burrito rollout by 2014. “The chain’s breakfast staples include burritos stuffed with eggs and either sausage, bacon or steak; sausage and egg wraps; hash browns; hot or iced coffee, and orange juice,” USA Today reports.

3. Irishman makes ‘billion-euro home’ from old notes to protest economic ‘madness’

An unemployed Irish artist has built a home that cost $1.82 billion. Sort of. Actually, the walls are made of bricks consisting of “1.4 billion euros in decommissioned euro notes from the Irish Central Bank’s mint.” Looks pretty good too.

4. Priceline should pull Shatner ad: Bus industry

William Shatner is driving the bus industry crazy. “The American Bus Association is asking that Priceline pull an ad that shows its longtime spokesman William Shatner dying in a fiery bus explosion,” CNN reports. Neither Priceline nor Shatner has replied, but the association is making a Priceline-beating offer: It’s “invited the 80-year-old Shatner to ride a motorcoach and see how safe and comfortable they are.” For free.

5. Dyson Hot heats a room nicely, but price burns

Got money to burn? Why not spend $400 on a tiny space heater? It’s called the Dyson Hot, and “it employs technology used in turbochargers and jet engines,” USA Today reports. “You won’t find spinning blades such as those on many conventional heaters. There are no exposed heating elements nor a grille that little fingers can poke through. And the unit can turn off automatically if it accidentally tips over.” But at 5.25 pounds, it costs more than $76 a pound in cold hard cash.

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