Funny Business Seven Ideas to Beat the Crisis

Times are tough. But not so tough, as it turns out, that you can't make a buck. From bovine meditation to organic bird buffets, SPIEGEL ONLINE brings you seven strange business ideas that should never have worked -- but did.
Von Charles Hawley und Cathrin Schaer
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Photo Gallery: Send Your Darling To Prague

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Don't like to dance alone? Worried about looking silly? Or sad? Hire a dance partner.

Don't like to dance alone? Worried about looking silly? Or sad? Hire a dance partner.

Foto: ANDREA DE SILVA/ REUTERS
Hanging out with your bovine freinds down on the farm can be very relaxing.

Hanging out with your bovine freinds down on the farm can be very relaxing.

Foto: PATRICK KOVARIK/ AFP
A Berlin agency helps unhappy partners get out of a bad relationship.

A Berlin agency helps unhappy partners get out of a bad relationship.

Foto: dpa
Table football gives rise to as much passion as the outdoors variety. Now it has shirts too.

Table football gives rise to as much passion as the outdoors variety. Now it has shirts too.

Foto: Alex Grimm/ Bongarts/Getty Images
If this feathered freind knew about the Parrot Bakery, it might not feel the need to steal.

If this feathered freind knew about the Parrot Bakery, it might not feel the need to steal.

Foto: CHINA PHOTO/ REUTERS
Clearly this guy has not heard about the karaoke taxi of Münster

Clearly this guy has not heard about the karaoke taxi of Münster

Foto: Petros Giannakouris/ AP