Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Rice above the fray

Posted By on Tue, Nov 6, 2007 at 7:14 PM

Wednesday will mark the one-month anniversary of FreeRice.com, an online vocab quiz that rewards verbiage with donations of rice to the needy. Every correct answer translates into 10 grains of rice donated to people without enough food. On Monday, 53.8 million grains of rice were donated, and the site brags a total of more than 782 million in its month of operation.

You can advance in "vocab levels" up to 50, and the questions get harder as you do, although the site says few people make it past 48. I'm on 38 right now, and have donated 290 grains of rice, after just discovering it this morning. I haven't broken out Webster's yet, but even if you do cheat, you're still donating rice.

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