You Smarting Up Helps Starving Children
Article by George Norman
On 07 Jan 2009
The say the IQ of the planet remains constant while the population is on the rise. While it may not come as news that people are dumbing down, who would have realized that your smarts might help others? And not in the sense that you could give them useful advice, because that is wisdom not smarts; in the sense that your knowledge of the English language amongst other things will help in stopping world hunger.

All you have to do is visit Free Rice, answer a few questions, and the site owners will donate rice to starving people affected by world hunger. It will not cost you a thing, apart from the time you spend online answering these questions.


“Whether you are CEO of a large corporation or a street child in a poor country, improving your education can improve your life. It is a great investment in yourself. Perhaps even greater is the investment your donated rice makes in hungry human beings, enabling them to function and be productive. Somewhere in the world, a person is eating rice that you helped provide. Thank you,” says FreeRice.

The whole process is pretty simple: the moment you access the site you will be asked a question, something like “what does craze mean?” Click the correct answer and you will have donated 20 grains of rice. Answer one more question and you will increase the amount of rice (100 grams by the time you reach the 5th correct answer).

If you have trouble answering the questions, you must know that there are other categories to choose from, apart from the English vocabulary one that loads as default. There are 5 different main categories, with subcategories: art, chemistry, English, geography, math, and language learning.

If you would like to improve your vocabulary skills, there is one more way to do so – actually, one more web page that can aid you, VerbaLearn.

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