Now here’s a cool idea. Several major companies (Macy’s, Apple, Office Depot, American Express, and many others) are paying to sponsor a vocabulary game. Whenever a player correctly identifies the proper synonym for the displayed word, a 10 grains of rice are donated to the UN World Food Program. Back on October 7, 830 grains of rice were donated. By the end of October, daily totals were in the tens of thousands. As of today, over 3 billion grains have been donated. How wonderful is that?
This reminds me of the marvelous story of the foolish king who knew neither his arithmetic, nor the difference a grain of rice might make to hungry people. Look for One Grain of Rice by Demi, or The King’s Chessboard, by David Birch.