04/27/2012 08:15 am ET Updated Jun 27, 2012

Felix Salmon: How I Spent A Gram Of Gold

It worked! Kinda. I took Matthew Bishop's challenge, and tried to spend a gram of gold like I would any other currency. And, frankly, didn't have a lot of luck -- until I managed to find a small business where the owner just happened to be standing around. In the end, I got three lobster rolls (and free drinks, too) for one gram of gold. Which were very tasty -- thank you Snack Box!

So, what did I learn on my expedition in Times Square?

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