Free Rice: Pay Forward for Gaming Geeks and Autodidacts*

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Rice grains (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ain’t No Such Thing as a Free Lunch, but there is Free Rice

*I love the word ‘autodidact’. Doesn’t it sound deliciously nasty? I was soooo disappointed when I discovered (at around the age of twelve) that it simply means ‘self taught learner’.

Let’s say you’re bored at work or school and you want to take a break, but you don’t want to do anything on line that will get you in trouble with the boss or teacher. You pop open a browser, enter ‘Free Rice’ in the search engine, and abracadabra, you are now at a wonderful little educational game site.

But wait! There’s more!

Want to improve your vocabulary?

Want to explore the world?

Would you like to learn another language?

Care to study some fine art? Mathematics?

Play a game at and not only will you do those things… every correct answer donates (the equivalent of) 10 grains of rice. In a few minutes a day, you are feeding a person who might otherwise go hungry. While prepping for the SAT you might even feed a whole village a day.

You can compete against friends, form groups, and track your progress.

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Overthinker suggested that Free Rice be today’s pay forward. He says he has donated somewhere in the neighborhood of 50,000 grains of rice since he discovered it. Since I’ve lost my old password, I’m starting over and have a measly 500 grains to my name, but I could still catch up. I think I’ll learn a little Spanish vocabulary today. French vocabulary is tomorrow. Who knows. I might be multilingual by next week.

Free Rice is run by the UN World Food Programme out of Rome, Italy. Its FAQ page is here. 

I am always looking for good causes to support, so as always if you have any ideas of people or organizations who could benefit from a pay forward, give me a holler at

In the meantime, mosey on over to Free Rice, choose a topic, settle in, and learn a little something for hunger today. And thank you for participating in my pay forward.


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