Feeling overwhelmed with guilt at Christmas shopping excesses? Looking for a way to avoid endless hours listening to elderly relatives prattle on over the holidays? Feeling down because another year has passed and you’re no better than you were before? The answer is Free Rice! Learn something, do some good, and have a rock-solid excuse for sitting in front of your computer during Christmas dinner.
Free Rice is a damnably cunning website that presents you with a series of general knowledge quizzes; for every question you get right they arrange for a small amount of rice to be donated to some people who really need it. It’s completely free, and there’s rice involved – hence the name.
Free Rice has several different quizzes. I spent half and hour on the geography quiz and racked up a few thousands grains of rice at the same time as finally getting straight in my head exactly where Gabon is. There is also a very comprehensive and challenging English vocabulary quiz and an English grammar quiz, as well as several other subjects. Do you know what “tortuosity” means? I certainly didn’t.
These seem to be the relevant answers to the inevitable question “Well how in the hell does THAT work?”
FreeRice is not sitting on a pile of rice―you are earning it 20 grains at a time. Here is how it works. When you play the game, sponsor banners appear on the bottom of your screen. The money generated by these banners is then used to buy the rice. So by playing, you generate the money that pays for the rice donated to hungry people.
FreeRice does not make any money from this. FreeRice is simply a website committed to the cause of ending hunger around the world. While it is not a registered non-profit organization, FreeRice is run entirely for free and at no profit. All money (100%) raised by the site goes to the UN World Food Program to help feed the hungry. Sponsors make all payments to the UN World Food Program directly.
I never got above level 43 on the vocabulary quiz, and there are 60 levels.