Friday, October 26, 2007

Test Prep and Food for the Hungry!

I have just been informed about www.freerice.com, a website set up by the new NGO of Poverty.com that has a GRE-style, progressively harder vocabulary test. For each question you get right, the miniscule ad revenue for looking at that page pays for ten grains of rice for the UN World Food Program.

I found this on the Epicurious.com blog. I always like to check if these things are legit, and the World Food Program has a link, so I'm convinced it's not just a chain e-mail scam dressed up as a word game.

Even if it was, though, it's a darned good game. I'm up to level 47 (of 50), have donated four 100-grain bowls of rice and I am really challenged by it; I haven't been this stumped by a word game since National Review stopped doing "William F. Buckley's Word of the Day," (note: JavaScript super-broken) with quotes from the God and Man at Yale author himself. It's also super-addictive.

2 comments:

s_baghaii said...

It sounds like fun. Too bad that the link is dead.

The Pedant said...

www.freerice.com worked for me today; maybe the popularity crashed them over the weekend.