personal http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/6038/all en-US How to recognize and answer illegal interview questions http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-recognize-and-answer-illegal-interview-questions <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-recognize-and-answer-illegal-interview-questions" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/jail.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="375" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the United States job seekers are protected by a myriad of anti-discrimination laws.&nbsp; Despite these laws many potential employers still want employees that fit a&nbsp; narrow profile and they may ask probing questions to find out if you fit.&nbsp; Here is how you can recognize which questions are potentially illegal for an employer to ask, and what you can do if you encounter these questions.<br /> <br /> Generally, interviewers cannot ask you anything pertaining to your race, birthplace,&nbsp; religion, age, sexual preference, marital and family status, or health.&nbsp; For example, an interviewer cannot ask you how many kids you have or if you plan to have kids because that pertains to family status.&nbsp; They also cannot ask you how old you are during the interview process.&nbsp; You will probably have to provide your birthdate to human resournces after you are hired, but during interviews it is illegal to ask someone their age.<br /> <br /> Sometimes interviewers can be sneaky and ask you questions that would give them the answer to illegal questions.&nbsp; For example, instead of asking you your age, they may ask what year you graduated college and make an estimate.&nbsp; Also, instead of asking straight up if you drink or smoke, an interviewer could ask if you have been disciplined for tobacco use in the past.<br /> <br /> You should be able to recognize these personal questions because most of the time they probably sound unrelated to the job you are applying for and they can be very prying. &nbsp; Generally, if a question sounds too personal you should avoid answering it, or answer it in a way that relates to the job.&nbsp; For example, if an employer asks you if you have kids, you should probably say something to the effect that that you will be able to perform your job with or without kids.If you are asked about your age, then you can say that you are of legal working age.&nbsp; Basically, you should steer the conversation back to the job you are applying for.&nbsp; If an employer is insistent on asking you things you know is discriminatory, then you should state that you are uncomfortable answering these questions, and perhaps you should look for someone else to work for.&nbsp; An interview goes both ways, and if an interviewer makes you uncomfortable on a first meeting then working with him or her&nbsp; might be uncomfortable in the long term.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> As a rule of thumb if your personal life does not relate to the job you are applying for then you probably should not volunteer too much information. A little bit of small talk is okay, but you never know what strangers may be offended by, and keeping the focus of the interview on the job you want may be the best way to secure the job.</p> <p><em>Have you been asked probing or sneaky personal questions during an interview?&nbsp; How did you deal with it?</em></p> <div align="center"><SCRIPT charset="utf-8" type="text/javascript" src="http://ws.amazon.com/widgets/q?rt=tf_mfw&ServiceVersion=20070822&MarketPlace=US&ID=V20070822/US/wisbre03-20/8001/2d9d9a15-a88c-4aa8-8e0b-1126b66d4706"> </SCRIPT> <NOSCRIPT><A HREF="http://ws.amazon.com/widgets/q?rt=tf_mfw&ServiceVersion=20070822&MarketPlace=US&ID=V20070822%2FUS%2Fwisbre03-20%2F8001%2F2d9d9a15-a88c-4aa8-8e0b-1126b66d4706&Operation=NoScript">Amazon.com Widgets</A></NOSCRIPT></div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/xin-lu">Xin Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-recognize-and-answer-illegal-interview-questions">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-should-you-say-no-to-those-who-want-to-borrow-money-from-you">When Should You Say No to Those Who Want to Borrow Money from You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/welcome-to-the-real-world-my-best-advice-for-new-graduates">Welcome to the Real World - My Best Advice for New Graduates</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-write-a-resume-12-steps-to-your-next-job">How To Write A Resume: 12 Steps To Your Next Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/help-your-teenager-earn-their-first-million">Help Your Teenager Earn Their First Million</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-kinds-of-people-who-get-rich-and-how-they-do-it">The 10 Kinds of People Who Get Rich (and How They Do It)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Career and Income General Tips illegal interview personal questions Fri, 03 Apr 2009 22:46:28 +0000 Xin Lu 3007 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 ways to spot a social media snake oil salesperson http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-spot-a-social-media-snake-oil-salesperson <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-to-spot-a-social-media-snake-oil-salesperson" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/confused-beauty.jpg" alt="Confused Beauty" title="Confused Beauty" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="348" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Technology has given <em>you</em> plentiful opportunities to better your life. Especially if you're looking for work, even amidst the economic slump of the omni-stated recession, there are knowledge worker jobs opening up that didn't exist but a decade ago. Unfortunately, that's not to say all of these jobs are actually useful: just like pyramid schemes attract the greedy and fad diets interest the desperate, <strong>many social media snake oil salespeople are out there, ready to sucker you</strong>.</p> <p>Social media is about people being able to talk to each other easier through computers. Yes, Wikipedia has a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_media">much more extensive definition</a>, but part of a slick sales strategy is dressing up what's old in new clothes. That's why even though there's an immense amount of value in word-of-mouth networks and empowering good causes through our machines, <strong>the tough thing is in distinguishing who's genuine from who's a quack</strong>.</p> <p>If you take a quick look on, well, <em>any</em> social network &mdash; Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, you name it &mdash; you may have run across packs (appropriately) of people who dub themselves social media consultants, gurus, strategists, etc. All claiming to help you improve your online presence. Other variants like &quot;lifestyle designers/architects&quot; (derived from the teachings of one Tim Ferriss who in turn <a href="http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/">repackaged</a> the Pareto Principle) and other very trendy-sounding titles exist. They exist to sound impressive and sell <em>to</em> you, but as <a href="http://www.whatsnextblog.com/archives/2009/02/my_article_in_businessweek_debunking_six_social_media_myths.asp">B.L. Ochman astutely declared</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>How many of them have actually created a successful campaign for clients using social media tools? I bet you'd be hard-pressed to find half a dozen with real track records.</p> </blockquote> <p>That's why, like sound science, it's important to do the research, be skeptical, and debunk fluffy claims before buying into the bull: <strong>substantiate <em>who</em> are you dealing with here?</strong></p> <p>Like so much self-help hogwash which obscures <em>actual-but-not-so-fast </em>solutions, the <a href="http://pipeline.corante.com/archives/2005/08/28/kevin_trudeaus_snake_oil_empire.php">Kevin Trudeaus</a> of the social media world are here to sell you a false dream. Those scammers hate to hear it, but it's true. And here's <strong>7 ways you can spot them</strong>:</p> <h2>1. Buzzword-laden pig slop</h2> <p>If a hotheaded social media <em>whatever</em> comes to sell your company a &quot;comprehensive transparency strategy&quot; consisting of &quot;Web 2.0&quot; <em>this</em> and &quot;personal branding&quot; <em>that</em> and <em>can't</em> explain what they mean in simple English, they're full of it. And by &quot;it&quot;, I mean lies. It's unfortunate that scammers make the good souls look bad &mdash; just as a lot of crackpot pseudoscience misuses the established formulations of quantum physics. Like pig slop, it's a mess. And you deserve better.</p> <p><strong>Always insist on <em>substantiation</em></strong> &mdash; focusing on actions, disproving the fallacies behind the words, and showing there's followup to grand announcements. For example, if a social media usability firm (they really exist) is brought about because they say they can greatly enhance how your customers experience your product, don't just let them give you a feel-good keynote presentation and glossily-designed PDFs with &quot;The Master Plan&quot;: work closely with them to carry out small, lightweight tests and assure whether it <em>actually</em> has an effect. This may seem obvious; not so much if they're baffling you with buzzwords.</p> <h2>2. Lack of diverse interests</h2> <p>Case in point: I believe in the power of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_branding">personal branding</a>. But like &quot;social media&quot;, it gets thrown around a lot in an <strong>ironic attempt to camouflage <em>lack</em> of personality</strong>. There's now a cottage industry of of &quot;personal branding consultants&quot; who talk starchy like bad 80s cartoons; they try to sell &quot;Brand You&quot; packages on their websites and are shockingly one-dimensional. Specifically, they can't show what they've done for themselves outside of, well, elevating their profiles by trying to take your money. (It's like being <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Famous_for_being_famous">famous for being famous</a>.)</p> <p>I'm not asking for a &quot;I got rich and these are my beautiful women and houses&quot;-type deal, although Donald Trump is a master of that &mdash; and what I'd consider a real personal branding &quot;live by example&quot;. He trumps (heh) some of it up to make it look more glamorous than it really is, but he's definitely one of the strongest personal brands without using that buzzword. Like how <strong>repeatedly calling yourself &quot;cool&quot; negates itself</strong>. If you find Trump disagreeable, how about Richard Branson or Felix Dennis? (Wild hair seems to be a commonality.)</p> <p>People who have interdisciplinary skill sets and&nbsp; unorthodox fields of interest are a great asset because they possess perspectives no one else does: there's <em>no</em> substitute for that variety of firsthand experience. There <em>are</em> legit personal branding helpers out there, but they don't sit around all day blogging about how to improve your personal brand. They involve other elements in the mix.</p> <p>If you're interested in getting a personal branding expert to help you, find out what else they do. Outside of work, as well as odd jobs they've taken on. But don't just rely on their friends, because of&hellip;</p> <h2>3. Inbred testimonials</h2> <p>Strength in numbers, right? It's no secret that when social media yahoos are struggling to attain credibility, they'll vouch for each other. One will write a foreword for another's book they haven't really read, and yet another still will put forth glowing praise that can be inserted in the author's blog sidebar.</p> <p>Again, like everything else I'm saying here, there are earnest examples of this being done, but they're rarities amidst all the soundalikes in the so-called <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echo_chamber">echo chamber</a>. Reverb gives a musical instrument space, but do you know what happens when there's too much of it? The signal becomes washed out and indistinct, and nothing stands out.</p> <p>I'm all for friends helping each other succeed, but the problem with &quot;imbred testimonials&quot; is that they don't include any <em>external</em> perspective, such as that from satisfied customers (like resume references you can verify).</p> <p>Even though Seth Godin (whose tight style has been copycatted from here to Mars) said, &quot;It's not about you. It's about them&quot; &mdash; <strong>it's really about <em>us</em>, meaning you <em>and</em> them</strong>. After all, it's not a relationship, and definitely not &quot;social&quot;, unless it goes both ways.</p> <h2>4. No failed experiments declared</h2> <p>Yes, no one likes to put their dirty laundry in the same place as a job pitch. But social media is unique, since <em>being human</em> (authentic, transparent, etc.) is at the heart of it. Since personality can be measured in qualitative and quantitative ways, you don't know until you test: social media snakes like to proclaim case studies of how X company did a great thing while Y company sucked, but how many risks of their <em>own</em> have they taken, then trumpeted about it &mdash; even if it was a miserable failure? And <strong>how can you trust someone to help you or your company's reputation who won't put themselves under the microscope?</strong></p> <p>This doesn't mean false modesty. It <em>does</em> mean acknowledging those mistakes as valuable data to be used towards future gains, as <a href="http://www.jimkukral.com/presentation-im-a-huge-failure-are-you/">Jim Kukral</a> and <a href="http://rohitbhargava.typepad.com/weblog/2008/11/the-making-of-p.html">Rohit Bhargava</a> have.</p> <h2>5. Long lists of stuff they haven't done</h2> <p>This one's a relevant tangent: ever see those blog posts that go &quot;50 Must-Have Social Media Tools&quot; or &quot;100 Must-Do Tips to Improve Your Personal Brand&quot;? Mostly, they're baloney. Lists are a popular blogging format to catch people's interests, but let's get to the core: <strong>ask the author if they're really tried all the tools/tips/etc. and can vouch for them directly</strong>. Probable confession: &quot;Uh, no.&quot;</p> <p>Understand it's great to compile info from different sources, and I grok flavor in headlines, but it shouldn't be sensationalist drama that gets you high on a social media sugar rush, then plunges you back down into despair. That's like those supermarket magazines that sell you a different diet every month. (If it was so good, why keep switching?)</p> <p>There's <strong>much more usefulness in <em>empirical context</em></strong>: someone who notes &quot;I haven't tried this yet&quot; or &quot;I got great results but only after I stuck with it for awhile&quot; while recounting <em>how</em> they're applying a tool or tip to their life.</p> <p>If the social media &quot;expert&quot; you want to hire has been spotted making thoughtless lists, beware.</p> <h2>6. Stupid simplicity</h2> <p>Whenever a trend exists by name, you can bet unscrupulous folks will try to capitalize. Ever heard of Shaolin Kung Fu? Whether it's through <em>Kill Bill</em> or Wu-Tang Clan, it's been a hot martial art term. Problem is, if someone wants to learn &quot;Shaolin Kung Fu&quot;, they first need to understand <a href="http://www.shaolin.com/StyleContent.aspx?Style=Styles">there is <em>no</em> single style</a>. Any &quot;teacher&quot; who insists otherwise is being deceptive.</p> <p>There is <em>no</em> single style to social media success. Some people can work it in a suit and tie, while others have to wear chicken suits. Some speak louder than Jim Cramer, others have a calming effect. And hey, it's okay to be low-key! Personal brands aren't for everyone, and personal brands are as diverse as the people behind them. This is why <strong>I hate seeing people forced to join social networks and mingling but getting no substantial benefit out of them</strong>.</p> <p>A <em>bona fide</em> social media maven (always look beyond labels) <strong>must be able to teach you how they get results, and how this will be applied to you</strong>. How concepts, even simple ones, are expanded into day-by-day actions. A programmer who creates cleanly-commented code is more prized than one who arrogantly dismisses the value of showing others the path, and fails to make their peers better.</p> <p>Mantras (and buzzwords) can boost confidence, but they're a mere hint of effective results. Like a map is not the destination, a word is not what it refers to. <strong>Don't rush into any communications plan without understanding </strong><a href="http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/wiio.html"><strong>Wiio's laws</strong></a>.</p> <h2>7. Unshared egos</h2> <p>Social media is all about exchanging resources, be it knowledge or tangible goods. And notice how I didn't say &quot;big egos&quot; &mdash; if you're going to be a social media rockstar, you may very well have a big ego! I've a fave saying:</p> <blockquote><p><strong>If I'm good, it's because I've made you better.</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>Consider <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/02/magazine/02rubin.t.html?em&amp;ex=1188964800&amp;en=c39103cf9c12a7a8&amp;ei=5087%0A">Rick Rubin</a>, who recently produced Metallica's return to form, <em>Death Magnetic</em>. With his unkempt beard and piercing eyes, and stripped-down essentials approach to music, he's definitely got a distinctive personal brand. Yet he doesn't cast a shadow over the bands he works with: he channels them like a shaman so they are <em>better!</em> One specific way he does this is getting them to consider stylistically incongruous options. It may make the band temporarily uncomfortable, but as Rubin's landmark bridging of hip-hop and heavy metal has shown, he's a uniter, not a divider.</p> <p>Someone may be blasting out dozens of tweets a day on Twitter, but if they're not sharing their ego to brighten other human beings' day &mdash; and this comes <em>before</em> selling their services &mdash; then their motives are in doubt, because they want to succeed at your expense. That is an <em>opposite</em> of social media.</p> <h2>Snakes on a web</h2> <p>Perhaps it was a &quot;customer-centric research analyst&quot; your company brought in, who blathered on (with empty buzzwords as mentioned above) but left you no richer in financial and happiness terms. Maybe it was a &quot;pro blogger&quot; who sold you training DVDs on how to sell yourself on the Internet, only for you to find out their steps were too convoluted and impractical to follow. These are the snakes among us.</p> <p>One of the most beautiful things about social media is how it empowers <em>you</em> &mdash; if you choose to use it &mdash; with a voice you wouldn't have had in years previous. Just like the Wise Bread Team draws attention to consumer problems you should be aware of, the same awareness needs to be extended to those promising solutions, but are just full of&hellip; snake oil.</p> <p><strong><em>Have you ever had to deal with a social media snake oil salesperson? Do you have your own ways of spotting them? Let us know in the comments.</em></strong></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/torley-wong">Torley Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-spot-a-social-media-snake-oil-salesperson">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-vicious-home-rental-scam-dont-get-conned">The vicious Home Rental Scam – don’t get conned.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-jury-duty-scam-coming-to-a-phone-near-you">The Jury Duty Scam – coming to a phone near you?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-the-job-you-want-with-the-right-professional-image">Get the Job You Want With the Right Professional Image</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-easy-ways-to-improve-your-online-reputation">6 Easy Ways to Improve Your Online Reputation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-signs-you-arent-making-enough-money">6 Signs You Aren&#039;t Making Enough Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building brand branding buzzword cheat consulting expert fraud guru lie media personal scam snake social strategy Sun, 15 Mar 2009 01:10:45 +0000 Torley Wong 2931 at http://www.wisebread.com 101 things to do with a $1 bill. http://www.wisebread.com/101-things-to-do-with-a-1-bill <p> <img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/dollar.jpg" alt="money toilet" title="money toilet" width="352" height="265" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">What can a dollar buy you these days? Certainly not a gallon of gas, which it could have done 6 years ago. Anyway, this idea actually came out of a lunchtime chat with some friends. I’m a sucker for writing lists and I wondered how many different uses I could find for your humble $1 bill. Some are fun, some are silly, some may actually be useful. The list took me a whole week to compile. Enjoy.<strong> </strong></p> <ol> <li>Save it (sorry, but this is Wisebread).</li> <li>Become a very small partner in a very small business.</li> <li>Mail it to someone, anyone, in the phone book (you’ll have to find a stamp).</li> <li>Buy a few bites of someone’s pizza slice.</li> <li>Make an expensive paper airplane.</li> <li>Cash it in for 100 pennies and drop them everywhere (it’s good luck for people).</li> <li>Alternately, use those 100 pennies for 100 wishes in a fountain. </li> <li>Light a cigar with it (shame on you, for smoking too).</li> <li>Use it to win a crappy stuffed toy from a grabbing machine.</li> <li>Give it to the homeless guy in the city center.</li> <li>Double it every day. You’ll be a millionaire in just 20 days. </li> <li>Borrow 7 cents and buy something from the dollar menu.</li> <li>Make a bet to trade the lives of a stockbroker and conman.</li> <li>Swap it for a shiny English 50 pence piece.</li> <li>Get fake attention from a stripper for roughly 5 seconds.</li> <li>Buy a scratch card and turn your $1 into a piece of garbage.</li> <li>Buy a Powerball ticket, dream for a day (if you win, you owe me).</li> <li>Get a bargain from Goodwill and help a charity at the same time.</li> <li>Frame it (especially if it’s the first dollar you ever earned).</li> <li>Request a song from the busker in your local town center.</li> <li>Buy and read a classic novel from a used bookstore. Then sell it for $1. </li> <li>Develop 10 digital photos and create a mini album of memories.</li> <li>Put it down as extra principal on your mortgage, pay off your house 0.00000000000000000001 years earlier (best guess).</li> <li>Cut it into small pieces and create extravagant confetti.</li> <li>Use it as a clue in the ancient hunt for hidden government treasure.</li> <li>Photocopy your butt multiple times and decorate your cubicle at work.</li> <li>Download a legal song from iTunes.</li> <li>Stock up on a week’s supply of Ramen noodles.</li> <li>Get one third of a loaf of decent 7-grain bread.</li> <li>Buy a full day’s food for a poor family in India.</li> <li>Get the silence of a child if you buy a big sucker pop.</li> <li>Buy one share of an ailing corporation.</li> <li>Buy one-thirtieth of one share in Microsoft.</li> <li>Put it on the end of a fishing line and catch yourself a Wisebread reader.</li> <li>Bribe an office worker for a tip about what to do with $1 (thanks K).</li> <li>Write a message of hope on it that will pass through the hands of many people</li> <li>Or, doodle a moustache on Mr. Washington you little rebel.</li> <li>Exchange it for the new $1 coin and hunt for a vending machine that accepts it.</li> <li>Eat it (probably healthier than eating anything off the dollar menu).</li> <li>Try and fold it in half more than seven times (supposedly impossible).</li> <li>Buy 10 copies of Vanilla Ice’s fabulous 1991 movie “Cool As Ice.”</li> <li>Make a fortune by betting on a winning horse with odds of 50,000 – 1.</li> <li>Purchase a $1 million bill from a magic store and cash it at WalMart</li> <li>Buy a newspaper and read yesterday’s news.</li> <li>Sign it and sell it on eBay for big $$$ (this only works if you’re famous).</li> <li>Fold it into a rude and amusing shape and give your friends a laugh.</li> <li>Bet someone $1 you can dance worse than M.C.Hammer. Lose bet.</li> <li>Tear it in half and give one piece to your true love.</li> <li>Get half of your shirt dry-cleaned.</li> <li>Buy a sheet of paper and a pencil. Write an award-winning short story. </li> <li>Bury it. Dig it up 200 years from now and hey presto, it’s an antique.</li> <li>Get a haircut. Which hair is up to you.</li> <li>Roll it into a tube shape and use it as a feeble straw.</li> <li>Buy a year’s supply of food for your pet worm.</li> <li>Spend one hour at the penny arcade.</li> <li>Get your palm read at the carnival (for $1 your fortune may be bleak).</li> <li>Buy a key ring, open up a gift shop at the airport and sell it for $10.</li> <li>Visit the $1 section in Target, close your eyes and pick up a lovely surprise.</li> <li>Buy a bunch of jaw breakers and shove them all in your mouth.</li> <li>Exchange it on Craigslist for something cool, like a jigsaw with 5 missing pieces.</li> <li>Knit yourself a one-fingered glove.</li> <li>Slice it into tiny strips, join the ends together and create a jump rope.</li> <li>Buy a tub of imitation playdough and regress to childhood.</li> <li>Make lemonade out of lemons; two for a buck at most supermarkets.</li> <li>Write, direct, produce and star in your own seriously low-budget movie.</li> <li>Team up with 100,000 other folks with $1 and have an enormous party.</li> <li>Or, team up with a billion other folks with $1 and feed the hungry.</li> <li>Buy a $1 gift card to your favorite store.<span> </span></li> <li>Fill your tires with air and vacuum the car’s interior.</li> <li>Buy two large rubber bands and make your own designer thong.</li> <li>Buy a pay-per-view episode of a show you could have seen for free last week.</li> <li>Rent a car for 10 minutes.</li> <li>Put it through a cross-cut shredder for a cheap jigsaw puzzle.</li> <li>Shrink it to the size of a stamp using Wonkavision (Wonka fans, unite)</li> <li>Blow your nose on it (cheaper than a handkerchief, <strike>but not washable</strike> &lt; thanks Colin)</li> <li>Travel back to 1885 and pop it in a savings account.</li> <li>Paint it red and pretend it’s a dollar left to you by a Martian.</li> <li>Give it to the guy in Robocop who always said “I’ll buy that for a dollar.”</li> <li>Fold it into a V-shape, lengthways, and use it to pour spices into small jars.</li> <li>Buy some Tic-Tacs for the chain-smoking coffeeholic at work.</li> <li>Fold it accordion-style and make a hand fan.</li> <li>Write “the crow flies at midnight” on it and pass it to a complete stranger, winking.</li> <li>Roll it into a ball and let your pet mice recreate the 2006 World Cup final.</li> <li>Keep it in the bathroom as a last resort for those ‘no toilet paper!’ emergencies.</li> <li>Stick it to your arm and create a cheap and non-painful tattoo.</li> <li>Glue it to the underside of a glass table and watch the hilarious results.</li> <li>Ask a complete moron to swap it for a $100 bill (if this works, let me know).</li> <li>Tape it to your forehead. When people ask why, say your name is Bill.</li> <li>Bet George Lucas he can’t create a worse character than Jar Jar Binks. Win bet.</li> <li>Throw it into the path of an F6 tornado; watch it slice through a tree.</li> <li>Flush it down the toilet or buy shares in newly bankrupted Amp’d mobile.</li> <li>Give it to the CEO of a major oil company, along with the shirt off your back.</li> <li>Drop it at your accountant’s office to test his/her honesty.</li> <li>Get something cool in your local Discovery Channel Store’s closing down sale.</li> <li>Buy ¼ of a bag of popcorn at the movie theater. </li> <li>Purchase enough paint to completely redecorate one wall of the dog kennel.</li> <li>Give it to your grandma to say thank you for all the times she gave you a $1.</li> <li>Save it until the day after Valentine’s Day and buy a big bag of candy.</li> <li>Get front-row tickets to the New Kids On The Block comeback tour.</li> <li>Take it to a scientist to prove that money does not actually talk.</li> <li>Write a list of 101 things to do with a $1 bill on the back of it.</li> </ol> <p><em>Blurry but cool pic by <a href="http://flickr.com/photos/jessicamills/">Dances Fantastic.</a> Thanks.</em><br /> <br /> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-things-to-do-with-a-1-bill">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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