People who are book smart prefer to study information and analyze data before making a decision. They prefer to be guided by rules and regulations, and often have a strong sense of what is fair and right. Others consider themselves street smart. They often are too impatient with books, and go against structure and rules. Street smart people often feel that learning how to get by in the real world can't be taught in a classroom, and that interacting with people and successfully navigating their way out of dangerous situations is the best way to learn.
Whether it's better to be book smart or street smart is an age-old debate that continues to rage on today. Book smart advocates cite statistics pointing to better earnings over a lifetime by those with college degrees. Street smart advocates point at business moguls like Richard Branson or Bill Gates, both dropouts worth more than whole countries. Although street smart people often soar high, they may also sink to lower lows, as they are far more likely to take risks than the book smart set. As we all know, however, sometimes life is all about taking risks. Perhaps the real street smart thing is to balance some of that book smart knowledge with the infamous street smart know-how. This Brain Test Will Separate The Book Smart From The Street Smart.
What should Jim do with the man who is offering him a CD?
Jim is walking down the busy sidewalk in a very big city and there is often chaos all around, even when there aren't swarms of people around. There are vendors and hawkers everywhere selling every streetside item one could buy under the sun. Most of the vendors stay near their cart. Jim is interested in purchasing a few things from each city he visits that represent the local interests. Turning down a side street, he sees a man approaching with CD in hand, offering it to Jim. What should Jim do with the man who is offering him a CD?
What 1995 movie starred Robert De Niro as Sam “Ace” Rothstein?
Guys with the right mix of book smarts and street smarts occasionally appear in the movies all in a single character. One such man was Sam Rothstein, who began his profession as a gambling handicapper. Sent to Las Vegas, Nevada, he finds his position brings forth more and more power as he shows his bosses how to more than double their success at the game. However, when the unstable characters around him begin to fall apart, so does the operation he put into place—but Sam avoids less-than-desirable outcomes. What 1995 movie starred Robert De Niro as Sam “Ace” Rothstein?
When Rose ends up on dry land, what is the first thing she should do?
Rose has set sail with her best gal pals—and some gentlemen acquaintances, too—on a sailboat in the beautiful and warm Caribbean. The crew is only planning a day trip, but a feisty storm starts to brew and she quickly realizes their sailing companions are not as experienced as they had originally thought they were. When the boat's sail rips, they drift around for a good while until coming close to what looks like a deserted piece of land. When Rose ends up on the dry island, what is the first thing she should do to try to secure safety for the group?
Should Sharon check for change, or just loan the woman a dollar?
Visiting a brand new town, Sharon is riding the local transit and notices a younger woman trying to get her attention. She looks like she is going through some hard times. Still, Sharon doesn't know her and remains a bit apprehensive for that reason about approaching her. There aren't a lot of people around either. She tells Sharon she doesn't want to bother, her but she asks if she's got change for a $20—or could Sharon perhaps even loan her a dollar. Sharon pauses and isn't sure how to proceed. Should Sharon check for change, or just loan the woman a dollar?
What movie detailed the criminal life of the “Wise Guy” Henry Hill?
Believe it or not, some of the best stories of seriously street smart fellas are actually true stories. One such story, made into a spectacular movie in the year 1990, follows the life arc of Henry Hill, who worked his way into a position of power and influence in criminal enterprises. That is until his life got away from him and he found himself without a penny to his name and facing either certain impending demise or safety in the form of the witness protection program. What movie detailed this wayward life of the “Wise Guy” Henry Hill so well?
What does it mean when a person says that another person is salty?
Let's be honest. Knowing the lingo is an important skill to master when navigating a new area or group of people. Goodness, newer generations these days seem to speak to one another entirely through lingo that the rest of us don't fully understand. Deb listens to her teenage daughters and their friends and is frankly baffled by some of the words the girls use. They keep talking about how one of the girls they don't like is always salty. Deb's never heard of anyone being salty before, so she asks her daughter. What does it mean when a person says that another person is salty?
Why wasn't Dorothy picked to play on the quiz show even though she answered correctly?
Dorothy is quite a brilliant woman. She has always loved to study and is the go-to gal when other people want to know the latest international news or the definition of a complicated word they've never heard before. She finally gets up the nerve to try out for a quiz television show, and she easily answers the questions faster than her competitors and mocks them for their slowness at responding. Despite her accuracy, she isn't picked to go on the quiz show. Why wasn't Dorothy picked to play on the quiz show even though she answered correctly and blew everyone else away?
How should Sergio proceed with the new job offer?
Sergio is a friendly and outgoing guy when he's working at his job in customer service. But one day, a customer he knows stops by to talk. He's got an opening at his business and wants to know if Sergio would be interested in starting out working for him on a part-time basis. It's doing a job that Sergio has no experience working in—so he doesn't even know anything about the field. The customer tells Sergio not to worry though, because he knows Sergio is a fast learner and trusts him completely to get the job done. How should Sergio proceed with the new job offer?
What hitman for the mob was known as the Iceman?
Back in the year 1988, a purported hitman for several mob families was finally incarcerated, and authorities were stunned and riddled with anxiety at the stories he began to share with the public. His childhood was nothing to write home about—he was brought up in a household full of poor behavior on his parents' part. As a result, he learned to be street smart very quickly. He went on to learn his fatal craft very well, and claimed to have been responsible for over 100 victims at his bosses' behests. What hitman for the mob was known as the Iceman?
What should Owen do about the woman with candy?
Owen lives in a pretty decent town. He's out running his errands one day, and when he parks at the grocery store and gets out of his car, he sees a woman coming closer to him. She's holding a bucket of candy with a hand-written sign on it that explains she's raising money to pay for funeral expenses. She tells him that her nephew has passed away and the family can't afford to pay for any memorial services. There are other people in other parts of the parking lot looking on. What should Owen do about the woman with candy?
What's the name of the TV show that ran for five seasons and followed a character named Walter White?
Jose's favorite TV show is on. It's about a chemistry teacher who is beset by one personal calamity after another. Thus, the typical sitcom. His older son has a chronic condition, his wife is pregnant, and he suddenly finds himself terminally ill and wondering what will happen to the people he loves the most. He decides that since he's not going to live much longer, he'll craft illicit substances and sell them to benefit his wife and children. What's the name of this hit TV show that ran for five seasons following the trials of a character named Walter White?
Should Helen go to her wellness program pitch just for the free meal?
Helen is a cancer survivor and although she's more mature, she stays fairly active—especially for her age. As a former engineer, Helen retired from a successful profession she remains proud. She has a lot of chronic pain and she's very careful with her retirement savings account. So when she hears about a lecture about pain management that also provides attendees a free restaurant meal, she's all in immediately. The lecture is to try to persuade attendees to buy into the holistic wellness program for $10,000. Should Helen go to her wellness program pitch just for the free meal?
Should Shane play pool with the strangers for money?
In a bar in a new city, Shane sees a group of guys playing a game of pool. They catch him eyeing the pool table and ask if he'd like to play with them. Shane likes to play with his friends in his own hometown bar but doesn't know anyone in this place. He thinks he's a decent player—he wins a lot at home with his friends. The local guys are asking him to pay money in on a game, but if he wins he'll get it back, two-fold. Should Shane play pool with the strangers for money, or should he pass their offer up?
What happens to snitches?
Nichole didn't study for her test and was pretty sure she wasn't going to pass it. If she doesn't pass, she would be in huge trouble with her parents—so she decided to glance around at others' answers instead. While she was reading another student's test as sneakily as she could, she noticed that yet another student was also doing the same thing. Nichole didn't like that student, so she decided to snitch and told her best friend her plan. Her best friend then tried to persuade her not to tell because of what happens to snitches. What happens to snitches?
What cop movie released in 2001 followed the first and last day of Alonzo and Jake's partnership?
In 2001, a movie hit theaters that portrayed a streetwise cop who overplayed his hand opposite a bookwise cop who was forced to quickly learn some street smarts, or else. Alonzo, the corrupt cop who knew everyone in the hood, takes on a new rookie named Jake and quickly inducts him into Alonzo's world. Jake's eventual saving grace was his ability to combine his book smarts with his newly learned street smarts. The pair made for a dynamic duo that fans raved about in reviews. What cop movie released in 2001 following the first and last day of Alonzo and Jake's partnership?
How should Sheila proceed, lost in the city on the way to her destination?
Sheila is so very, very lost. She set out in this new and exciting city to explore it with a small bag containing a map—her cellphone has been unreliable in navigating her lately. She knows what street she's on but isn't sure if she turned the wrong way because the neighborhood she's in just doesn't look the way she expected. A man she doesn't know makes eye contact and looks friendly, but she really wants to pull her map out and check it but she's hesitant. How should Sheila proceed, lost in the city on the way to her destination?
What should Stan do about it, if anything?
Stan has been hearing about the wildfires on the news lately and realizes that the fires aren't very far from him at all. He's got a nice house in a neighborhood that isn't really supposed to be a fire-prone area. Neither was the other neighborhood though, but there were more trees around as well. He's also a dad of two great kids and married to his lovely wife. He worries about their safety... The news agencies and the fire department are explaining that everyone should have an evacuation plan in case of fire. What should Stan do about it, if anything?
What game produced by Rockstar Games involves stealing cars and committing crimes?
Some of today's video games are based on making street smart choices. Sam's favorite game involves performing heists. He can pick one of three characters to explore the world created in the game, or to complete heists and perform criminal activity in a fictional city that is based on Los Angeles, California. It's the latest in a series of games that focus on characters who don't have a lot of book based smarts but would be considered street smart instead. What game produced by Rockstar Games involves stealing cars and committing crimes to get ahead in the game of life?
What should Destiny do next?
After a hang-out with friends that included too much using and imbibing, Destiny is walking home. Her dad doesn't know she's been out so she can't call him, even though she feels a bit concerned about the state she's in. After a few minutes, while texting the friends she just left behind, she notices two things—her phone battery is almost completely drained, and there are two guys following her that are really worrying her. She has to go to the bathroom and her shoes hurt her feet, but the guys are getting closer and no one's around. What should Destiny do next?
What should Annie wear to tour the new city in during the daytime for the best experience?
Annie has done alright for herself in life. After a hard year of working tirelessly, she's on a fabulous vacation and ready to get out and look around at the local sites. When it's time to get dressed for her walkabout, she's unsure about her wardrobe choices. She got a lot of conflicting advice about what to wear in this destination, so she brought a lot to choose from. She'd really like to wear her best things—luxury brands look so nice and she worked hard to buy them, too. What should Annie wear to tour the new city in during the daytime for the best experience?
What HBO show ran from 2002 to 2008 and explored how street smart people functioned within different institutions in Baltimore?
It turns out there's more to B-more than crabs and crime stats. Self-made men often think of themselves as succeeding because of their street smarts. An HBO show that took a look at self-made men running the streets of Baltimore, Maryland, but garnered critical acclaim for taking a different perspective in each of its seasons on the ways that different systems in the well-known Charm City were integrated, along with the people holding and weilding their power. What hit HBO television show ran from 2002 to 2008 and explored how street smart people functioned within different institutions in Charm City?
Should Mike keep hanging out with his new friends?
Mike is a pretty friendly and outgoing guy, and he never worries about going out without his usual pack of friends, because he always seems to make new buddies wherever he goes. It's the same when he decides to try a new hang-out he's never been to before. Inside, he meets some guys who at first seem nice—but as the night goes on, his gut keeps telling him something is really quite wrong. However, the new guys haven't done or said anything he can put his finger on. It's just a feeling he gets. Should Mike keep hanging out with his new friends?
What items does Jasmine need in order to change her own tire?
Jasmine ran over something sharp in the road on her way home apparently because all of a sudden she can hear that telltale sound that indicates she's got a flat tire on her hands. The only problem is that it's the middle of the night, she's got no money to her name, and she does not have roadside assistance. She's a quick thinker, though, so she searches the Web for how to change a flat tire. She realizes that she needs a few items, which she has in her trunk. What items does Jasmine need in order to change her own tire?
How should Denise proceed with the referral program?
An ad pops up on Denise's social media feed telling her she could make money just driving her car around her own home town. She drives a lot and actually enjoys it as long as the radio works well, so she clicks on the ad. Apparently, all she has to do is pay a small fee to start up, and the company will ship her a large sticker to place on her car. If people see the sticker and call to join, she gets a cut of the proceeds. It sounds simple, but as she signs up, there are opportunities to “upgrade” for another small fee. How should Denise proceed with the referral program?
How should Laura handle her current dodgy situation on a dark street surrounded by strangers?
Laura was given some pretty drab directions by her sister and she has ended up in a really bad part of the town they are visiting. It's late and everything is closed. She's not sure which way is the fastest way out, but she's sticking to the bigger streets as she walks. Far up ahead, she sees a well-lit diner of sorts, but there are small knots of people here and there, and a lot of partying going on and shouting from those taking part in it. How should Laura handle her currently dodgy situation on a dark street surrounded by strangers?
How should Rob deal with getting switched to a totally new discussion panel?
Rob is on his way to a symposium and there is a panel discussion planned that will include him, as well as four other up and coming entrepreneurs he knows of. When he gets to his connecting flight at the airport, however, there is a big problem. He ends up missing a flight and arriving late to his planned destination. The symposium still asks that he make his appearance, as per his contract, but it will be on a completely different panel than the one he prepared for. How should Rob deal with getting switched to a totally new discussion panel?
He offers to sell her the painting for very little—should she buy it?
Lucie has the whole day to explore a big city in Europe, and she's got everything she needs—a guidebook, a map, her fully charged phone, and plenty of money. She is on the hunt for souvenirs that really speak to the city's charm and history, and hopes to find something truly unique that also supports a local artist. She studied the guidebook hard, but has never actually practiced using the local money. She spots an artist who has set up an easel and is painting near the river. He offers to sell her the painting for very little—should she buy it?
What should Jeff do to avoid getting bored while using public transportation?
Public transportation is a drag as far as Jeff is concerned, but he has been taking it for so long that he knows exactly which bus to catch and when the next one is due to show up at the bus station. He takes public transportation every day to work or to go out for fun, and it is nice not to have to always worry about parking or gas stations. He gets bored along the journey, however, so he's thinking about listening to music on his earphones. What should Jeff do to avoid getting bored while using public transportation?
What subway car should Sarah get on?
Sarah always drove herself around in her own car at home, but she's visiting a larger than life city with a huge subway system, and she's determined to go with the city flow, even though crowds make her very nervous. She studied her map beforehand so she won't have to hold it like a noob, and her phone is fully charged, too. When she heads towards the subway, however, she's not sure which car to get on. One is empty, for some reason. The others are full but do have a few seats. What subway car should Sarah get on?
Should Patrick buy some candy from the kid?
Outside of the store that Patrick usually shops at for household items and groceries, there is an older boy standing around. He is selling packs of candy out of a bigger box, like the ones people can buy at the bulk grocery store. He approaches Patrick as he walks out of the store and explains that he is selling the candy for his local basketball team. Patrick doesn't see any grown-ups around, but the candy package is undamaged. Still, his radar is going up because there are no signs that even display the name of the boy's basketball team. Should Patrick buy some candy from the kid?
Should Lily play along with the girls and pretend she knows them?
While walking along her usual route home from her job one night, Lily is suddenly surrounded by three other women, who grab her arm and shout how happy they are to see her. They walk with her chattering and laughing like they are all old friends, except Lily has never seen them before in her entire life. They're well-dressed girls and seem to be around her age. And they aren't hurrying her, but aren't leaving her alone either. Lily is concerned that the girls might want to harm er in some way. Should Lily play along with the girls and pretend she knows them?
Should Marguerite apply for the job, and how should she go about it?
Marguerite is looking for a job. She's been pounding the pavement every day. She's not had much luck, but gets a lead on a few positions in a company that does work in the field she's always hoped to work in. While she did study in that field in college years ago, she's never been able to get into that kind of work so she doesn't have the experience that the company is asking for in the job requirements, although she does volunteer at a related organization. Should Marguerite apply for the job, and how should she go about it?
Should Manny pull to the side just like the other car?
Manny is driving in the carpool lane on the freeway with his lovely wife. He realizes that his exit is coming up quickly, but the carpool lane line is bodered by a solid white line. He exits the carpool lane anyway at the same time as another car decides to exit it. A highway patrol car turns on his lights and gestures at the other car that exited early. Manny got out of the lane at the same time as the other car, and they both crossed the solid line. Should Manny pull to the side just like the other car?
Should Rachel try to get into the investor group inside the museum, and if so, how?
Rachel has free tickets to a new art museum, but when she arrives at the event, she quickly realizes that by chance she's arrived at the same time as a large group of would-be patrons and investors who are about to embark on a private tour with refreshments at the end of it. There is a whole section of the museum cordoned off that includes the very thing Rachel came to see. She's so excited to check out the new art digs, but isn't sure if she's welcome during this tour. Should Rachel try to get into the investor group inside the museum, and if so, how?
Should Emily exchange her money with the helpful man?
Emily is traveling abroad and needs to change some of her money into the local currency. She heads towards the nearest currency exchange station, but before she gets there, she stops to grab a bite to eat at a local cafe. Afterward, she is approached by a man who seems friendly enough, and offers her assistance since she is obviously a tourist—obvious to him anyway. He explains that he can exchange Emily's money for her—and he's even willing to forego the exchange rate fee that she would incur at an exchange station, which would save her money. Should Emily exchange her money with the helpful man?
Should Marie sign up for the subscription to get the cheap outfit?
Marie got an email from a big brand company that sells an outfit subscription online. The company is offering a whole outfit for just a few dollars, and all the company requires is that the person sign up for a subscription with them. If Marie likes the outfit, she doesn't have to do anything—her card is charged and it gets shipped to her promptly. If she can't afford it, she just has to cancel it before the due date. It seems like a pretty good deal to have a personal shopper in her back pocket like that. Should Marie sign up for the subscription to get the cheap outfit?
Which of the following is a way Derek can improve his street smarts?
Derek has always been academically inclined, or so his parents, peers, teachers, and pretty much everyone else he's ever known likes to say. Perhaps a bit of a n odd ball out, he loved reading assignments, tests and lectures. In fact, he still voluntarily goes to lectures for extra credit—and in his book, there's no such thing as learning too much. Derek's friends asked him one day if he'd thought at all about improving his street smarts. He hadn't, because he'd been more focused on hitting the books. Which of the following is a way Derek can improve his street smarts?
Should Ginny allow the man at the gas station to fix the dent in her car?
Ginny stopped at a gas station in her local neighborhood to put gas in her car. While she stood by the pump, a man approached her wearing a mechanic-style shirt with a name patch sewn onto it. He explained that he noticed the dent on the front bumper of her sedan, and he'd be happy to fix it for her. He said she wouldn't even need to bring her car to the shop, so it would cost her a fraction of the normal price that anyone else would do it for. Should Ginny allow the man at the gas station to fix the dent in her car?
Should Bob follow his time-saving navigation, or deviate from the map directions?
Bob has done all of his research, packed his day pack and is ready to walk through all of the tourist spots in the city. His phone is completely charged and he is using it to navigate the quickest route from one place to another. As such, he has the time and energy to see everything he desires to see. His phone is telling him to cut through an alley thought because it'll shave four minutes off his time—if he takes the bigger street, it'll take him longer. Should Bob follow his time-saving navigation, or deviate from the map directions?
What is the name of the hit holiday film that leaves a young boy stranded at home to defend it from assailants on his own?
A lot of movies feature kids doing whacky things that entertain the masses. Child-sized comedians are all the rage as it turns out. This has been true for ages. Way back in 1990, a Chicago-based story came to the silver screen wherein a boy was accidentally forgotten by his family as they fled the Windy City for a vacation over Christmas. In was while they were done that two robbers tried to case their home. What is the name of the hit holiday film that leaves a young boy stranded at home to defend it from assailants on his own?
How can he find out if a restaurant is good without going there first?
The whole family is hungry for dinner, so Ivan decides they'll go out to eat for their meal, but he wants to find something new to try for once. He'd like to find a restaurant they haven't been to that has good food, but also might have a flavor his family hasn't tried before. He's trying to figure out how to find a place that will taste good without ever having been there himself before, but who can he trust to lead him to the right place? How can he find out if a restaurant is good without going there first?
What should Yvette do about the protest?
Yvette has heard about a protest downtown in her hometown city. She totally agrees with the protesters and what they're marching for, and she's been looking for a way to get involved with such a cause for a long time. There are likely going to be counter-protesters, and Yvette heard a rumor that the local law enforcement will be there with a heavy presence to make sure nothing gets too wild. It's a cause that Yvette really believes in, and it's one of many protests taking place nationwide, all on the same day. What should Yvette do about the protest?
When is the best time for Elizabeth to go jogging at the new park?
For Elizabeth, the only thing more trying to her patience than jogging is getting bored while she is jogging. So she decides to jog around a new park Sunday morning instead of taking her usual route. It's different than her old park—much bigger, and there are more trees and shrubs. It has a lot of greenery, in fact, and that makes it more visually interesting to her as well. It is also quieter, because there are less families at this park with running, screaming children. When is the best time for Elizabeth to go jogging at the new park on Sunday?
Should Jack stop anyways at the gas station and fill up?
It's time to head out for the morning commute to work. The nine to five grind is beckoning. The needle on the gas gauge is pretty low though. Jack knows how many miles his car can go on even a tenth of a tank of gas—he's calculated and tested for just such a situation as this. The commute is long and he has to move between several freeways before he arrives at his final destination. It's possible for Jack to drive to his destination without having to put gas in his car. Should Jack stop anyways at the gas station and fill up?
Should Fannie Lou continue her current profession or think about change?
Fannie Lou worked long hours at her job. She always showed up, completed all of her projects, and even took on extra tasks when she was asked to. It wasn't the work she had once hoped to do though. She dreamed of owning a farm, and her uncle did own some rural land outside of town. Making the transition would include changing schools for her kids, as well as all the work of starting a farm, though—which is quite a feat. Fannie Lou cannot promote any higher in her current job track. Should Fannie Lou continue her current job or think about change?
Which of these kinds of “knowledge” is important to have, but is rarely taught?
There are a lot of different kinds of knowledge. Most people in the US go to and complete high school through the twelfth grade. More and more folks are attending and completing their Bachelor’s degrees in college. There are even more people than ever before earning Master’s and PhD degrees at institutes of higher learning, too. Excelling in academia can open up a lot of opportunities for the hard worker who has determination and drive. There is one kind of knowledge that most universities do not teach. Which of these kinds of “knowledge” is important to have, but is rarely taught?
What's the best way for Peg to go see her monument in the seedier part of the city?
Peg had her heart set on traveling to a certain part of the city. Her friends heard about where she planned to go and tried to dissuade her though. Because the men cat-call and proposition women there, they suggested that Peg take a man along when she travel there, or just avoid it altogether by going around the area or not going at all. Peg wants to go there to see a monument that she is really inspired and impressed by though. What's the best way for Peg to go see her monument in the seedier part of the city?
What 1983 movie featured the rise of street smart Tony Montana?
A lot of people claim that having street smarts is what can take a person from nothing to a position of power. One movie character who found himself washing dishes in a cheap diner knows he is destined for greater things than where he's currently at. After avoiding a set up in a bad deal, Tony takes every opportunity to take down the people in his way that are weaker than him, and fast talks his way into bigger and bigger deals. He eventually became his own top enemy. What 1983 movie featured the rise of street smart Tony Montana?
What does Frankie need to jumpstart his car battery?
Frankie always had roadside assistance just in case his car sputtered out or he got a flat tire, and he always has his cell phone charged and at the ready. This time, however, he was in a hurry, and forgot to charge his cell phone. After coming out of his Taekwondo class, he realized his car battery needed a boost. Frankie can't call roadside assistance because his phone battery is totally drained, and it's late—all the nearby businesses are closed for the night. He's in a parking lot near an intersection. What does Frankie need to jumpstart his car battery?
Which of the following apps encrypt texts for greater security?
When Sally decided to engage in less than honest work, she needed a way to communicate with customers without ever being traced. She looked at a lot of different messaging apps for her cell phone. Many of the apps made it so that the messages were easily traceable by law enforcement, which would mean that she could get caught, and that is the last thing she needed. Sally finally decided on an app that encrypts everything she does and all incoming messages. Plus, it asks her customers to download the same app. Which of the following apps encrypt texts for greater security?