The Best of Business Pundit 2009

Between Madoff-style scams, buyouts, recalls, and sweeping changes in the American economic landscape, 2009 left the average business aficionado agape. Frankly, I’m glad it’s expiring. Nothing but up from here, right? (Stated with crossed fingers.)

To celebrate zero-nine’s passing, I’ve put together a Best of Business Pundit 2009 list. These posts represent some of the most popular and interesting posts we’ve put up this year. You may find some old favorites in here, as well as posts you haven’t yet seen.

Wishing everyone a happy, productive, and wise 2010!

Products: New, Old, and Origins


The Unique Origins of 25 Popular Products
You’ll never guess where saccharin, Teflon, and the bra came from.

25 Most Promising Products for 2010
I want a flying car! And a jetski-ATV combo! Not so sure about the cardboard computer, though.

20 Brands and Products That Died in 2009
2009 will go down in history as a brand-killer.

Company Capers


20 Most Hilarious (Yet Unfortunate) Company Names on Earth
Menlove Dental Practice and Boring Business Systems are just the beginning.

The 25 Worst Business Failures in History
Heard of the Edsel or No? There’s a reason for that.

The Ever-Exciting Economy


12 Economic Bubbles That May Burst

Even gold, food, and guns aren’t bubbleproof.

New Unemployment Claims Down, But Still Extreme

People & Money: They Don’t Always Mix


10 Biggest White-Collar Crimes in History (and How They Were Unravelled
When businesspeople go bad.

25 Rich Athletes Who Went Broke
Once you’re on top, watch out for vultures.



Reebok Easytone shoes promise to tone your butt. Fad alert!
Are these $100 shoes fad-tastic? Or are they a godsend for those too busy to exercise much?

The Baby Einstein recall
Was the recall hysteria-based, or does Baby Einstein really harm your kids?

Google Cell Phone Tracker

Something for parents to love? Or privacy-minded people to fear?

The Visa Black Card: Smooth or silly?
Is making people feel elite through a special credit card a good idea or a cheap trick?



Mouse logo FAIL
That mouse looks like a _ _ _ _ _.

Milk carton just got safer
Did that cow really need a bike helmet?

Always check your child’s homework before it gets turned in
Especially if your mom works in the adult industry.

10 craziest ways people are making money in this economy
Yep, people really do buy dog strollers and pay money to smash plates against a wall.

Written by Drea Knufken

Drea Knufken

Currently, I create and execute content- and PR strategies for clients, including thought leadership and messaging. I also ghostwrite and produce press releases, white papers, case studies and other collateral.