Food For Thought

I think I am addicted to rice. Not jasmine. Not basmati. Not even brown. Free Rice. As in, www.freerice.com. The vocabulary building game has two simple goals noted on the website: 1. Provide English vocabulary to everyone for free. 2. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free. And the game is pretty simple too. Simply choose the correct definition of an English vocabulary word (there are increasing levels of difficulty — the website remembers which one you’re on each time you play), and 20 grains of rice are donated through the United Nations to help end world hunger.

You get smarter. Hungry get fed.

But watch out. The game’s addictive. You might find yourself obdurately playing Free Rice while you somnambulate.

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