How Your Vocabulary Can Feed The Hungry:
What if just knowing what a word meant could help feed hungry people around the world? Well, at website called FreeRice it does. Go to the site, and you'll see a word and four definitions. Choose the right meaning and the site's advertisers will donate 10 grains of rice to the World Food Program, a United Nations agency that is the world's largest humanitarian organization. Keep on guessing (the quiz gets progressively more arduous, not to mention vexatious), and for each correct answer 10 more grains of rice will head to people who need it. Now, admittedly, 10 grains is a piddling amount. But the totals have grown exponentially. Over 56 billion grains of rice have been donated to date through this innovative program.
A thousand grains of rice later -- with only a few misses -- I finally managed to pry myself away from the site. The words are fascinating. Some are easy, some are really obscure. There must've been a good dozen I'd never seen before, so somebody dug deep for these. Hint: look for parts of words that you recognize as similar to other words.