Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

End World Hunger Vocabulary Quiz

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This linked online vocabulary game has an interesting premise; for every correct answer you provide, ten grains of rice will be donated to the United Nations to end world hunger. How many grains of rice did you donate?


  1. #1 wren
    October 28, 2007

    I had a lot of fun with this. Nice to look at their stats and see how quickly it is growing.

  2. #2 Bob
    October 28, 2007

    Is there an end to this? I’ve given 300 rice grains so far, and my vocabulary level is 33.

  3. #3 Bob O'H
    October 28, 2007

    Damn! Pilose does not mean spittable.

    But, yeah. Lots of fun, and I didn’t even cheat or ask the cat.


  4. #4 Chris' Wills
    October 28, 2007

    Parlay doesn’t mean to chat?

    Oh well just have to go again :o)

    500 highest so far.

  5. #5 agnostic
    October 28, 2007

    I stopped at 1070 grains, at around level 43 or so. I thought there was a bit too much jargon, though. Luckily I’ve recently read about primates, since how else would you know what “siamang” and “colobus” meant?

  6. #6 speedwell
    October 28, 2007

    I think I gave more rice in the average day since I discovered this than I eat every day, and I own TWO rice cookers… I definitely play too much. The filter at work doesn’t catch this yet!

    Fortunately I score pretty well. I think the maximum score is 50. I oscillate back and forth between 47 and 50 in an average game.

  7. #7 Mrs Whatsit
    October 28, 2007

    I donated about 300 grains of rice and got up to vocab level 45 before I decided to call it quits. For today. I am remarkably good a guessing what a word means! At first, I thought they never told you that you had a wrong answer, because I was getting them all right after guessing. But then I got one wrong….

    Question: how much does a grain of rice weigh? I’d weigh it myself in lab, but I’m out of town…..

  8. #8 DangerousDan
    October 28, 2007

    If you play long enough, words repeat: I’ve seen allium at least three times. The maximum is 50, but I can’t seem to break 48 without using a dictionary. I quit after 4440.

  9. #9 carolyn13
    October 28, 2007

    Well, I donated 3100 grains and maintained at a level of around 46. It’s a good thing it’s a multiple choice quiz and that I once belonged to the Society for Creative Anachronisms.

  10. #10 noncarborundum
    October 28, 2007

    2400, then I lost patience. Also I achieved 50, fell to 46 after missing a few, and and didn’t want to risk losing it again after I worked my way back.

  11. #11 HerpGrrl
    October 29, 2007

    What fun! Thanks for providing the link. It’s midnight but I got up to 3,280 grains before I quit. I made it to level 49 briefly! It took me back to my spelling bee days (state champ and placed 8th in the National Spelling Bee when I was 11), because the way I studied was to read random sections of the dictionary. I loved learning about words–still do. Thus I quite enjoyed finding new words through this game. Thanks again.

  12. #12 Bob
    October 29, 2007

    Well, I got up to 50 a couple of times, but quit in disgust when I saw they had misspelled one of the choices as “miniscule” rather than “minuscule.” That’s the sort of thing that really makes me want to put my fist through the screen. So let the world starve–I want my 900 grains of rice back!

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