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someotherguy



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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 22 2007,12:14   

As we celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa (does anybody really celebrate Kwanzaa?) and Cephalopodmas, it's worth thinking about those people who don't have enough food for their next meal, much less a holiday feast.  In that spirit, I wanted to alert y'all to what may be the single coolest website I've ever seen:  Free Rice.  Here's how it works:  the folks running the site provide English vocabulary trivia questions.  Each correct answer brings up an ad from one of the site's sponsors, which allows the organization running Free Rice to send the equivalent of 20 grains of rice to the United Nation's World Food Program.

Frankly, I think this concept is pure genius (and I can't help but wonder if this model couldn't be modified for further charitable uses).  The game itself is highly addictive--with each successive correct answer, the trivia questions get harder and harder--and it's all for a great cause.  So far, almost 11 billion grains of rice have been donated.  Why not take a few minutes to play?

Edit to add:  this is obviously off-topic.

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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 22 2007,13:11   

Very good innitiative, however I still wonder how good the rice gets delivered at the right people knowing that Africa is as corrupt as the White House. I also wonder how many kilo's/pounds 11 billion grains are. Anyway, I'll be doing the quiz too :)

  
Mister DNA



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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 22 2007,13:37   

ha ha one of the words I got was "mesomorph".

I also got "vacuous". No "notpology", though...

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someotherguy



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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 22 2007,13:40   

Quote (Assassinator @ Dec. 22 2007,13:11)
Very good innitiative, however I still wonder how good the rice gets delivered at the right people knowing that Africa is as corrupt as the White House.

True, institutional corruption is certainly a danger to the efficacy of international relief efforts, but I guess that just goes with the territory.

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someotherguy



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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 22 2007,13:40   

Quote (Mister DNA @ Dec. 22 2007,13:37)
ha ha one of the words I got was "mesomorph".

I also got "vacuous". No "notpology", though...

LOL.  And people say that UD is a waste of time--not so!

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George



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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 22 2007,15:05   

Fantastic.  Very addictive.  And good for biologists too.  I got "eft" and "waptiti".  And knowing latin-based jargon helps with some of the words I didn't know.

  
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