Free Rice

November 16, 2007 By: erik Category: Food, Geeky, Internet 673 views

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Free RiceMy lifetime friend Charley directed me to this site, probably because he thinks my vocabulary needs some work. It’s very simple, very well designed, and a win-win situation. So what is it?

It’s a simple English vocabulary quiz where, for each question you answer correctly, the website donates 10 grains of rice to help world hunger. That’s all there is to it. The design is such that it’s a very addictive “game”. They show you each grain of rice that you’ve won and the questions never stop, so it’s hard to quit. Not to mention the guilt you feel when you get one wrong.

The only downside I see is that they’ve stolen the domain name I wanted for the site I was planning called “Freer Ice” about reducing the consumer cost of solid water.

I’m really impressed when people find even a tiny solution to first world apathy/ignorance about the hunger crisis. Send the link to your friends, especially the wons dat ain’t talk real good.

  • Hey, thanks for nothing. I have work to do today, but couldn’t stop until I hit 50. Damn you, Rasmussen!

  • That’s the spirit of giving! Warms the cockles…

  • Betsy

    You’re right, it is addictive. Also educational and humbling. I thought I had a really good vocabulary but got stumped by several on my way to 500 grains.

  • According to their FAQ, they adjust your level of difficulty as you play. You have to get three right to move up to the next difficulty level, and if you get only one wrong, they demote you to a lower level. They say that “this one-to-three ratio is best for keeping you at the ‘outer fringe’ of your vocabulary, where learning can take place.” Nifty.

  • Paul

    I gave ’em 500 grains too. If you look in the right spot, you can see what difficulty level you are at. I pushed my way up to 41, and reached it again later, but could go no higher (yet).

  • They say it goes up to 50, but that no one ever really gets up past 47 or 48.

  • Paul

    Oh Lordy. I wish you hadn’t told your Ma that.

  • Charley

    Yeah, I don’t think Besty could *ever* get to 50… or could she…?

  • Charley

    and when i say “Besty,” i of course mean “Betsy.” i really need to stop drinking so early in the day. especially before surgery…

  • Betsy

    That’s okay, Charley. Doctors don’t have to be able to spell, except maybe when writing prescriptions. Hmmmm.

  • The site flaked out on me! And I was up to 49! Dammit.

    Actually, that’s not the point is it?

  • I guess that if anyone’s going to get to 50, it’d be someone that averages 1.5 books/week. Nice work, Jane.

  • Alaskan Uncle Steve

    “Solid Water” actually costs money? Hmmm, I and my neighbors are far richer than even we knew.

  • Did you not comprehend my comment? I hit 50, people!

  • sgazzetti, you use such big words. I thought that 50 grains of rice was rather stingy of you.