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Jun 24, 2010

Take a quiz — and save the world

If you’re feeling bored and charitable (and want to brush up on art, language and more) try freerice.org. As the name suggests, people that really need it get free rice out of your visit. Michael Carter writes.

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If you’re feeling bored and charitable (and want to brush up on art, language and more) try FreeRice. As the name suggests, people that really need it get free rice out of your visit (think ‘Blackle’ for ending hunger). So how does it work? The site, run by the UN World Food Program and Harvard University, donates 10 grains of rice for every answer you get right. It doesn’t sound like much but it all adds up: over 80 billion grains have been donated to date. When you’re tired of being quizzed on one subject (who doesn’t get tired of beautiful paintings?), just go to the ‘change subjects’ tab and pick from a variety of others and keep the grain count going. It really does help. Connect even further, if you’re so inclined, and add FreeRice as a friend on Facebook. So, for all the trivia night tragics who can’t make it to the pub one night and want to do something good for the world, try it and visit freerice.org. Watch a video about how FreeRice really makes a difference from pure boredom. Also try the hunger site, where you can donate food, money and resources to a range of issues including hunger, breast cancer, child health, literacy, rainforests and animal rescue.

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