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Free Rice Catches the Attention of NPR

Free Rice is reaching the national press stage. NPR wrote about the origins of the computer program (written by computer programmer, John Breen, to help his son who was studying for the SATs) and the success (more than 8.2 billion grains of rice has been given away).

The Web site earns money from advertising and gives cash to the Word Food Programme. Some $100,000 has already gone to buy rice to feed survivors of a recent cyclone in Bangladesh.

Parmalee said the Web site offers a greater gift –" the gift of awareness about world hunger. In just two months, has driven the most Internet traffic to the World Food Programme site.

“We are all kind of dazzled by the power of a great idea –" an idea that seemed to have come completely out of left field,” she said.

Read more about it at NPR. Thanks Troy!

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  1. Robin
    Dec 17, 2007 @ 22:52:29

    I was completely addicted to this game until I reached level 50. I still play, but because I don’t feel so much pressure to beat the game I’m a bit less obsessive about it all. It’s still a brilliant idea, IMO, and I wish it would be replicated for other things. Like how about food delivered to the poor in America, or money to Katrina survivors, or, well, any number of needs in the world.

  2. Kay Webb Harrison
    Dec 18, 2007 @ 00:09:42

    Once I reached the 50 level, I learned all the words; it became less enjoyable. I had chosen the option that recognized the computer and started at level 50. I changed to the other option where I start at zero. Now I have to work on words that I don’t know as well, which increases my interest level.
    I have found that I cannot play for a long period of time before my carpal tunnel kicks in. So, I play until I reach 2000, stop, and then return later in the day.

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