I’ve long suspected I might be a rare breed: a 20-something without a smart phone. And I am OK with my clunker of a cool-circa- 2006 flip phone, approximately 99.9 percent of the time. I do fine navigating the city like some kind of Luddite,* armed with just a vague sense of direction and hastily-scribbled instructions** from Google Maps, and really, nobody needs a smart phone to get around New York (from whence I recently relocated) because the streets are numbered for your convenience.

But sometimes I hear about a smart phone app that seems cool or useful – or at least an intelligent way to kill some time – and I wonder if I should finally jump on the smart phone bandwagon.

This new Fed Trivia: Currency app at least falls into that third category because boy, do I love trivia games! Not the kind you play in a bar on a Thursday night for the grand prize of a free tab because those are too high pressure and a little too pop culture-centric for yours truly. But I do love the geography and history quizzes on Sporcle, and I’d be lying if I said I’ve never pulled out my roommate’s Trivial Pursuit to peek at the answers when nobody else was home*** because I didn’t have a television and what else was I going to do? Work on my thesis? Ha.  

Anyway, the app has been getting excellent reviews in the iTunes store, it looks slick and well-designed, and best of all, it’s free. Has anyone else seen this or tried it out? I’m curious.

*Says the woman who cannot leave home without her Kindle.

**No, I do not own a printer, either.

***This is not cheating. I prefer to think of it as studying…

Are You Smarter Than A Fifth-Grader? (Or A Freshman Economics Major?)

by Banker & Tradesman time to read: 1 min