Free Rice

Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2007 by Travis Cody in
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My dear friend Ann from Anndi's Luggage has been telling us all about the vocabulary game Free Rice since October. You can clink the link here or the button in my sidebar to go to the site. This is what you do...

1. Click on the answer that best defines the word.
2. If you get it right, you get a harder word. If wrong, you get an easier word.
3. For each word you get right, we donate 20 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.


Click the link to read more and to play. Since Oct 7, nearly 12 billion grains of rice have been donated.

My pal Matt from Bagwine Ruminations made this video to promote the website.



Go to Free Rice now and play the game. You might get a little smarter and you'll feed some people.



Edit:

As Matt points out, "Yo Travis...Just for the record, everyone should know that you wrote this. I merely tweeked the lyrics in a way so that I could comfortably spit the words out."

I forgot to give myself a writing credit! Me! A writer! Sheesh!

Matt did a superb job of condensing the lyrics into a pretty powerful message for his video. Here's the full version:

Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’,
That website keeps a'callin’,
To feed those who are starvin’,
Free Rice.
Freerice.com will hook ya.
Fight hunger won’t ya.
Play and improve somebody’s life.
Simple words or tough ones,
Select the definitions.
One word is 20 grains of rice.

Click the link, play the game
Guess the word, fill the bowl
Feed your brain, and the poor
Free Rice
Click the link, play the game
Guess the word, fill the bowl
Feed your brain, and the poor
Free Rice

Yearnin’ yearnin’ yearnin’
To help some needy children
With surplus we ain’t usin’.
Free Rice!
People across the nations
Since October the seventh
Have donated millions of grains.
With thanks to corporate sponsors
You can help end world hunger.
One word is 20 grains of rice.

Click the link, play the game
Guess the word, fill the bowl
Feed your brain, and the poor
Free Rice
Click the link, play the game
Guess the word, fill the bowl
Feed your brain, and the poor
Free Rice

Sing it to the theme from Rawhide. And while you're singing, click over and play Free Rice.

14 comments:

  1. Matt-Man says:

    Yo Travis...Just for the record, everyone should know that you wrote this. I merely tweeked the lyrics in a way so that I could comfortably spit the words out. I'll make a similar post tomorrow. Cheers my good man!!

  1. Travis says:

    Matt: Thanks. You know it's pretty embarrassing when a writer forgets to give himself a writing credit.

  1. Wow. A collaboration. Nicely done, boys.

  1. What a great collab! Rowen and Martin on the web =)

  1. Linda says:

    Very nicely done, boys!

    My friend Jamie from Duward Discussion had sent me over to the Rice Site quite awhile back and I had a lot of fun working on my vocabulary while piling up the rice! Now if I could just remember some of those words for when I play Scrabulous!

  1. Jeff B says:

    Bravo to you both.

    Nice words
    Nice song
    Nice cause

  1. TopChamp says:

    ah. I love your poem. I hate all of you for making me do this all the time though. I KNOW it is for poor people but I'd rather get out and DO something... which is why I volunteer. Still - I'll go get some grains now.

  1. Travis says:

    Songbird: Thanks. It came out really well.

    Charles: I usually play for a few minutes before I leave for work.

    Starr: Or maybe Martin & Lewis even.

    Linda: The game is definitely one of those phenomenons.

    Jeff: Thanks!

    TC: Awwwww. You know what I do? I play for about 20 minutes, or until I get 1000 grains.

  1. But Trav I like you both too much to Lewis either of you. How but the Smothers?

  1. Travis says:

    Starr: Ooooh! Smothers Brothers is good. I'll have to be Tommy. Matt is a much quicker wit than I am, so my best role is straight man.

  1. Dana says:

    Love the song...

  1. Julie says:

    You two RAWK! Wooo!!

    Seriously Travis....great lyrics!

    Matt will get his kudos over at his place!

  1. Anndi says:

    Best Christmas and New Years present.. you guys rock..

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!