The Week in Review: Funny Money Stories

Here are some interesting and amusing developments from this week that aren’t exactly news but might make you smile.

1. Trump’s golden graves might not be costliest

Donald Trump lives big. Now he wants to die big. “He announced this week he is considering building a 1.5-acre cemetery next to his high-end golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey,” MSNBC reports. “Members pay a lifetime fee of as much as $300,000. If they want to stay beyond that, they most likely will pay a membership fee that includes burial.” But that’s not the funny part. This is: “It’d be a bargain compared with some of the country’s other swank cemeteries.” For example, the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx charges up to $3.5 million for a private mausoleum.

2. Marketers such as VW use ads to promote their Super Bowl ads

With a Super Bowl ad costing more than $3 million, it was perhaps inevitable that companies like Coca-Cola would plaster ads on bus shelters and billboards – advertising their Super Bowl ads. “They want viewers to actively seek out their big-budget TV ads and to get involved with the digital and social-media efforts of which the commercials are a centerpiece,” USA Today reports.

3. Giants-Patriots Super Bowl ticket prices decline by 15 percent to average $3,664

Ticket prices to the Super Bowl have been dropping – from a high of $16,480 a week ago. That led to a David Letterman Top 10 – “Top Ten Questions to Ask Yourself Before Spending $16,000 on a Super Bowl Ticket.” No. 7 was, “Isn’t this why the rest of the world hates us?” According to Bloomberg, “Face-value prices for tickets to this game range from $800 to $1,200. The least expensive ticket on the secondary market is $2,000.”

4. Not tonight honey, the cable bill is due

Here’s a new twist on paying for sex: “A new survey finds that – hypothetically, of course – 18 percent of Americans would give up sex for six months in exchange for having someone else pay their bills for just one month,” MSNBC reports. “And 26 percent of respondents would turn off the TV for a month if those bills were paid for them.”

5. Cheat on taxes? Never! Or, as much as possible

The IRS brings out strong feelings in people – both honesty and larceny. “The vast majority of Americans still believe that you should never cheat on your taxes – or, at least, that’s what they tell the pollsters representing the Internal Revenue Service,” MSNBC reports. “The bad news: The percentage of people who say you should cheat on your income taxes ‘as much as possible’ hit 8 percent in 2011, double what it was in 2010.”

Michael Koretzky
Michael Koretzky @koretzky
Journalism is a profession of highs and lows. I've covered the 1988 Democratic and Republican national conventions, two space shuttle launches and one landing, and a jazz festival in Istanbul. Then again, ... More

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