Do you know what to do in case of electric shock? Have you ever heard of curing colic with cigar smoke? Can the devil buy your soul?
The answers to these questions and many more are available on Wisen Up, an app designed by Global Delight. This procrastination aid is a collection of medical facts, crazy remedies, and tests that will delight anyone addicted to Facebook quizzes.
The main menu features a ring embedded with small icons representing the different sections. Swipe the ring to spin and read about each section’s contents. There’s plenty to choose from, like the myths section, where popular beliefs are debunked, and incurable diseases, which lists mostly unheard of illnesses (like Capgras syndrome, where someone believes that another person has been replaced by a doppelganger).
If you’re interested in psychology, the body language section is fascinating. Each one is accompanied with an illustration and description of the pose, along with an explanation of what kind of mood this person might be in. Some are obvious, but a few, like “hands in pockets with thumbs sticking out”, are a little surprising.
The “Be a Doctor” quiz is great, and fairly tough. After reading a list of symptoms, choose from four illness options. The app lists similar illnesses, like flu, common cold, rhinitis, and sinusitis, which makes it pretty difficult. (I found out I could be a medical intern, by the way. Guess I missed my calling!)
The quizzes – almost 30 in all – range from “Which doughnut are you?” to “Handwriting analysis.” My favorite is the drawing test. You’re given a number of objects (mountain, sun, house, etc) to draw on the screen. Afterwards, you can read about each object, how you drew it, and what that says about your personality. Mine was pretty accurate.
Some of the tidbits and quizzes are silly fun, and some are really helpful. While I wish there was a way to quickly search for a bit of information, like how to treat burns or perform the Heimlich maneuver, it is incredibly easy to add anything to your favorites, which are automatically categorized. Wisen Up also makes use of the iPhone’s shake feature; just shake to go back to the first page, then again to return to the menu.
At $0.99, Wisen Up is a good app for quiz addicts and anyone with an interest in fun medical facts.
Wisen Up requires iPhone OS 2.2 or later and is compatible with the iPhone and iPod Touch.