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In the Loop: November 15, 2007 Archive

Side job

Posted at 2:38 PM on November 15, 2007 by Julie Siple (3 Comments)

We’re just hours away from our show about charity (want to come? There are a few free tickets left).

We’ve been swimming in numbers for days now, fact-checking all sorts of statistics about how and why and where Americans give their money. Frankly, my brain burns.

Sometimes, when I’m flashing back to Calc II, I take a break and give some rice.

You can, too. It's at Freerice, this nifty Web game that’s raising money for the United Nations World Food Program. (Jon Gordon’s Future Tense featured it this week.) The UN says the site has generated enough rice to feed 50,000 hungry people around the world for one day.

And here’s the thing – the way you contribute money is by taking a vocab quiz. You see a word; you guess what it means. If you’re right, a random slew of advertisers will donate money to the UN. Comes out to ten grains of rice per word.

It’s like the GRE, but fun. You get smarter, the UN gets richer, and hungry people get rice.

Course, far as my boss knows, I’m fact-checking.

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