Lest you focus just on the big stories in business, such as Lucent's (NYSE:LU) promising news, Overstock.com's (NASDAQ:OSTK) strong performance, General Motors' (NYSE:GM) pension developments, and Wal-Mart's (NYSE:WMT) wrangling with credit card companies, here's a brief recap of some recent and weird financial news:

  • Illustrating how dangerous some front-line jobs can be, a woman in Texas ran over the manager of a McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) restaurant -- because she allegedly didn't get the mayonnaise she wanted. She's been sentenced to 10 years in jail.

  • Sympathy cards might be en route from Philip Morris parent Altria Group (NYSE:MO) to hookah-makers in Turkey. It seems that recent research is suggesting that smoking tobacco from water pipes, as many in Turkey and elsewhere like to do, can harm lungs.

  • Executives at Anheuser-Busch (NYSE:BUD) are probably smiling at the creativity of the woman who entered a Christmas tree made of 1,500 empty Bud Light cans in a contest. Unfortunately, she didn't win -- and the rules for next year's contest have been tweaked to prevent a repeat. Still, she netted a few hundred dollars by selling her work, "Jingle Buds."

  • Anyone considering a life of crime as a way to build wealth might want to ask Calvin Walker about his experience. After a photo of him robbing a bank was televised, his own mother turned him in. We encourage those looking to get rich to consider doing so slowly -- perhaps starting with reading our 13 Steps to Investing Foolishly. Or try some of our online How-to Guides.

  • Here's an idea for a new line of beverages for the likes of Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO). In Australia, bottled water for dogs features flavors such as liver and bacon. Water for cats is on the way, too.

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