Sunday, June 15, 2008

Got Rice?

The Boyfriend Sayeth...

"If you've been reading the news, you probably know that we're in the midst of a global food crisis. You'd probably like to help, but come to think of it, hasn't your grocery bill gotten a lot larger lately? Don't worry – you can put food on the tables of disadvantaged people around the world, and all it takes is an internet connection and some free time. Oh yeah, you get to expand your vocabulary, too.

To check out this strange combination, surf over to The site presents you with a word and four possible definitions. Choose the right one and twenty grains of rice is donated to the UN World Food Program. You're also rewarded with a more obscure word for your next challenge. If you're wrong, no rice, but the difficulty gets ratcheted down. As you fill the virtual bowl on the screen, you presumably learn new and useful words, even if the game seems somewhat preoccupied with unusual animals and medieval weaponry.

Twenty grains may not sound like a lot, but if you play for even a little while, racking up a couple thousand grains is no big deal. Along with your fellow players, you'll help contribute to the millions of meals made possible by Free Rice and its sponsors. By the way, feel free to click through on a banner ad if you see something you like. After all, no clicks = no sales = no sponsors = no free rice.

So the next time you're sitting around watching some reality show and letting your brain slowly wither, spend some time on Pretty soon, you'll understand exactly what it means to provender alimentary sustenance to the indigent."

1 comment:

bluesky said...

Another great charity site is It donates money to children in need through World Vision.

Check it out at