If you’re looking for something to pass the time, I’d like to recommend FreeRice.

Basically, you play a vocab game and ads run across the bottom off the screen. The longer you play (or: the more words you get right), the more ad revenue they generate, and the more rice they’re able to donate through United Nations! For every word you get right, they donate 20 grains of rice (it was 10 grains, until yesterday). You increase your vocabulary and people who need it most get fed. Win-win!

Ryan and I were interested in how the math works out… On Monday, the website generated over 180,000,000 grains of rice. There’s about 7250 grains in one cup of rice. So Monday promised about 24,000 cups of rice. One cup of rice after it’s cooked will feed 2 to 4 people. So Monday fed 1 cup of cooked rice to between 48,000 to 96,000 people.

I think that’s worth a few minutes of your time learning vocabulary…


4 Responses to FREE RICE

  1. Kenny Mullican says:

    Ummm… I don’t mean to be critical, but it seems like your math may be a little off. You said they generated 180,000 grains, and there are 7,250 grains in one cup. So, if you divide 180,000 by 7,250, you get 24 cups, which would feed 48 to 96 people (still a good day, but quite different than 48,000 to 96,000 people…)

  2. gilliebean says:

    Kenny, you’re right about my math mistake! I accidentally posted 180 thousand when it was actually over 180 million grains of rice! I’ve made the correction above. 🙂

  3. gilliebean says:

    Check this link for the totals!

  4. Ivy says:

    I just discovered your blog. I will have to come back when I have more time to read what you have posted. This game sounds fun.
    See you soon. 😉

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