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November 6, 2007

FreeRice - food for thought

Does anyone still go to those sites to click and support a cause? You know the ones—hunger, breast cancer, child health, literacy, rainforest, animal rescue. With a simple click, you’ve helped people. And they all can be easily accessed at the Hunger Site.

I was a clicker. Each morning after checking my email, I went in and did a good deed. It felt good to help in some small way. But things happen ... you get distracted, get out of the habit, forget one morning, change your browser, go on vacation. And then clicking becomes like flossing: You know it’s a good thing to do but it becomes a chore. So the clicking stops.

But a new site—FreeRice —may have me clicking again. FreeRice is a database containing thousands of words at varying degrees of difficulty. You click on the answer that best defines the word. If you get it right, you get a harder word. If you’re wrong, you get an easier word. For each word you get right, the site donates 10 grains of rice to the U.N. World Food Program. The advertisers at the bottom of the screen pay for the rice.

Food for the mind and food for people in need. It’s a new way to “click”—and a lot more fun than flossing. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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