To check out this strange combination, surf over to FreeRice.com. 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 FreeRice.com. Pretty soon, you'll understand exactly what it means to provender alimentary sustenance to the indigent."