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Free Rice Answered

A lot of you probably already know about this, but I thought I would post it anyway.

The site FreeRice.com is a fantastic charity site that helps fight world hunger through a game.

I had heard of this a long time ago, but I never actually tried it until today. I researched a bit, and was very impressed by it, which is why I'm posting this.

How it Started

FreeRice began on October 7, 2007. It was created by John Breen, a computer programmer from Bloomington, Indiana, who also created thehungersite.com, therainforestsite.com and Poverty.com. Breen invented the site, and typed in all 10,000 definitions, after observing his son study for the SAT.

How it Works

Visitors to the website are presented with a word and four definitions. If a user selects the correct definition, FreeRice.com donates 20 grains of rice through the United Nations. Another word is then presented. Special graphics symbolizing 100 and 1,000 grains of rice are displayed on a graphical tally if the player's total reaches these numbers. Various landmarks are represented with different messages of encouragement such as: "You have donated 10,000 grains of rice. Wow! Now THAT is impressive!" after the 10,000th grain is donated, and after 20,000 grains, "You have donated 20,000 grains of rice. Wow! We're speechless!" After every ten thousand grains thereafter, the message "Wow! We're STILL speechless!" will appear. The last message of encouragement appears when you reach 100,000: "You have donated 100,000 grains of rice. May you have a lifetime of happiness..." and then the donation comes back at 0 grains.

The difficulty of each displayed word is measured from 1 (easy) to 60 (very hard). The game begins with four introductory definitions to set an initial vocabulary level. From the fifth question onward, three consecutive correct responses raise the difficulty level by one. Every incorrect answer lowers the level by one. Users can play for as long as they wish. The game determines difficulty level dynamically by analyzing the results from all users' game play.

A speaker icon has been added to each definition to provide an audio pronunciation of the word.

How its possible

n exchange for advertisements on the website, various sponsors donate the money necessary to pay for the rice and other costs to run FreeRice. The donations are distributed by the United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP), starting with Bangladesh in early 2008. By this time, the site's creator had given over $213,000 to the WFP which encourages people to visit FreeRice.com.

For example, On 20 November the WFP launched a campaign to 'feed a child for Thanksgiving'.

Has it Worked?

One month after the inception of the viral marketing program, users had earned enough points for one billion grains of rice. The United Nation's World Food Programme stated that this amount could feed 50,000 people for one day. Thus, approximately 20,000 grains of rice provide enough caloric intake to sustain an adult for one day. Using this calculation, enough rice is donated to feed about 7,000 people daily. In its first six months of operation, FreeRice donated over 25 billion grains of rice.

I think its a great cause, and truly a noble deed. So, when you're bored, instead of playing solitaire because you need something to do, why not help feed those who truly need something?

By helping this cause, you are also helping yourself. Since the game consists of word definitions, you might be suprised



10 years ago

Mmm.. statistics. I forgot to do a correlation coefficient but I think it would be pretty high... can you even do correlation coefficient with one discrete variable? Does it make sense? Anyway- that's beside the point. Level 48 wooo!


potatos are a better option for ending world hunger....just my 2 cents.

Potatoes fill you up better and you can do more with potatoes.

Cough*Chips*cough Cough*BakedPotatoes*cough Cough*mashedpotatoes*cough Cough*etc*cough.

french fries and mashed potatoes are the best

It's not about making people feel full, or whether they decide to make au gratin or mashed, it's about giving people on the edge the bare minimum nutrition to maintain life, and rice is FAR superior in that regard.

Well, in that regard, yes. Why would ledzeppie say that potatoes are better?

Darned if I know. However with rice, you're shipping a dry good, with potatoes you ship all the water in the potatoes, also rice can be stored for much longer periods of time than potatoes. Additionally, rice can be intercropped with tilapia or crayfish providing an additional protein source/ income for the farmer.

The potato has plenty going for it, despite its derision by the anti-carbohydrate movement: It requires very little water, matures in as little as 50 days, and can yield between two and four times more food per hectare than wheat or rice. A great source of complex carbohydrates, potatoes only have 5 percent of the fat content of wheat—that is, if you don't smother your tubers in butter. (Mmmm, butter...) Potatoes also have one-fourth of the calories of bread, and when boiled, have more protein and corn and nearly twice the calcium. Plus, they contain vitamin C, iron, potassium, and zinc.

but remember that the potato should also be supplemented with other crops to stop "the potato famine"


I actually heard that some stores were limiting the amount of rice you could buy. This is where the whole Ethanol thing is coming back to kick us in the butt.

for a school research thing (about biofuels and why some are better than other) here's a couple of facts: At today's ethonal production rate if all of the plants work for a year, the fuel created could only power the US for ~25 days. Using more corn means the raising of meat prices since corn is the main feed. Converting 100% of the US's corn crop to ethonal coule power the US for ~125 days (if all of the plants work at max), if we built 5x as many ethonal manufacturing plants.

That and the little fact that if Ethanol is the main fuel, Farmers will grow more of it. Farmers will thus grow less of other crops, thus raising their prices.

This was already posted before, but it's a good cause ;-)

Interesting, took all of six minutes to reach 1000 grains, I could feed a person for a day in two hours, but I got bored.

It takes 400 grams for a meal If I'm correct. A gram is about 46 grains of rice.

we play this in english class