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Help feed a hungry person

  1. Oct 29, 2007 #1
    I found this web site on another forum called freerice.com. It is basically a word game where for every word you get right, Free Rice donates 10 grains of rice through the United Nations to help end world hunger. Yesterday(10/29/07) they donated 42153550 grains of rice. Lets make that number rise. I know a lot of you are really smart people and should know a lot of these words. So if you have 5 or 10 minutes to spare, why not feed a hungry mouth?

    If you do play, post how much rice you donated.

    Thanks
     
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  3. Oct 30, 2007 #2

    Moonbear

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    I've seen that site too...fun for testing your vocabulary (Evo will love it). I'm skeptical about whether it's legitimately helping send food to anyone...who's going to count all those grains of rice? :biggrin: But feel free to entertain yourself with it regardless.
     
  4. Oct 30, 2007 #3

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    I got to 320 but my internet connection here was slow so I stopped.
    I seem to be good at guessing because I thought there was something wrong, I kept getting correct answers even though I had never seen or heard the word, but I did finally get some wrong.
     
  5. Oct 30, 2007 #4

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    The same happened with me when I played it...I found out I'm a very good guesser. :biggrin: For some words, that makes sense...I could guess something about them from their root parts.

    It looks like good practice for someone studying for the SAT or GRE, or similar type tests, where you need to know a lot of esoteric vocabulary words that you'd really never use in everyday speech.
     
  6. Oct 30, 2007 #5
    I got them all wrong and as a result an entire village starves.
     
  7. Oct 30, 2007 #6

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    :rofl: And the schoolkids who wonder why they need to learn all those words finally have an answer. :biggrin:
     
  8. Oct 30, 2007 #7

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    This is fun! I'm averaging around a level of 44 but I've never broken past 46 (and I must have touched it a half-dozen times).
     
  9. Oct 30, 2007 #8

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    wait...do you know just how many grains of rice are in a bag of rice?? :surprised
    I think it's a game only..not really there to benefit anyone at all :frown:
     
  10. Oct 30, 2007 #9

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    I think it's a great benefit to folks studying for the GRE - I recall seeing many of these words in my Barron's word-list!

    I estimate that a 20-lb bag of rice has about half a million grains. So yesterday's total was about 100 bags of rice.

    PS: Finally broke past the 46 barrier! Current high is 49.
     
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  11. Oct 30, 2007 #10

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    From their FAQs:
    Ah...maybe I shouldn't play with the adblocker on. :biggrin:
     
  12. Oct 30, 2007 #11

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    :rofl:

    Careful... you might just earn yourself a one-way ticket to the volcano.
     
  13. Oct 30, 2007 #12

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    Yeah, that's true!
     
  14. Nov 10, 2007 #13

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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7088447.stm
     
  15. Nov 10, 2007 #14

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    This really is a lot of fun. I'm still hovering between 46-47, but I'm getting there. Even if I'm not sure, I usually have the definition down to 2 answers and one of them is always correct, I just need to select the correct one more often.
     
  16. Nov 10, 2007 #15

    Gokul43201

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    I too hung about the 46-47 range most of the time I played. Never made it past 49 though...it would have been nice to hit 50. And I helped send out about 6500 grains.

    I must try again when I find more time. Got to get that elusive 50.
     
  17. Nov 10, 2007 #16
    Wow, we need a Dutch version. Incredible how many useless words there are. One I knew for sure due to my profession: Empenage. Although it's never used.
     
  18. Nov 10, 2007 #17

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    Wow, I thought I was good when I saw I was in the low 40's! You guys must have bigger dictionaries than I do!:biggrin:
     
  19. Nov 11, 2007 #18

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    There are a lot of nautical terms in the list (you'd think they shanghaid a hatchful of stevedores and bosuns to write it up), and I have the advantage of having a sailor dad. Let's give it another go now...
     
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  20. Nov 11, 2007 #19

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    I used to read the dictionary for fun and I was a prolific reader when I was growing up, so I have a very large vocabulary, or as one person put it "I'm a wealth of useless information". Gokul is just plain amazing though.
     
  21. Nov 11, 2007 #20
    funny--- I read a small dictionary one time--I think it was only about 600pp----then I decided to read two small set encyclopedias. I took two years of Latin for pre-med, and the number of word derivatives of some Latin words is amazing--manus, for one.
     
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