FreeRice (in Off-topic)

DrAcO5676 [The Knighthood III] November 18 2007 4:01 AM EST

Free Rice

LONDON (Reuters) - A food-linked word game put on the Internet a month ago has proved a runaway success and has already generated enough rice to feed 50,000 people, the United Nations World Food Programme said on Friday. FreeRice offers participants multiple choice definitions to the meaning of a word, with each correct click generating 10 grains of rice for the WFP. The brainchild of American online fundraising pioneer John Breen, the Web site (FreeRice) relies on advertising revenue to underwrite its rice campaign. "FreeRice really hits home how the Web can be harnessed to raise awareness and funds for the world's number one emergency," said Josette Sheeran, executive director of the Rome-based WFP. "The site is a viral marketing success story with more than one billion grains of rice donated in just one month to help tackle hunger worldwide," she added. The day it was launched on October 7 just 830 grains of rice were donated. But the Internet community quickly caught on, and on November 8 alone 77 million grains were donated -- equivalent to more than seven million correct clicks. (Reporting by Jeremy Lovell; editing by Richard Williams)


Please add to the out of ba links

AdminG Beee November 18 2007 4:19 AM EST

Added, but you could do that yourself too. Scroll to the bottom of the "out of BA" page and you'll see the link to add urls.

DrAcO5676 [The Knighthood III] November 18 2007 4:21 AM EST

Thanks Beee man!

Mem November 18 2007 9:05 AM EST

Apparently the viral nature of that site didn't quite hit Draco when it hit all the rest of us... The first time.

I suppose it is something worth bringing up twice, though.

drudge November 19 2007 4:01 PM EST

Mem is snarky.

QBsutekh137 November 19 2007 4:22 PM EST

Snarky and lovable. *smile*

Eurynome Bartleby [Bartleby's] November 19 2007 10:02 PM EST

Showing the site to my teacher earned me some precious brownie points, leading to me not having to show up for the rest of my English courses :P

Thanks FreeRice!

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] December 19 2007 2:09 AM EST


AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] December 19 2007 2:13 AM EST

Looking at the other thread makes me wish I hadn't posted my number... going to have to play for more than three minutes.
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