November 16, 2007
how many grains of rice in a cup?
[This post was followed up on with a correction. There are not 1,000 grains of rice in a cup, folks. The site I referred to below corrected itself and so did I. Check it out.]
Quick answer: approximately 1,000.
Why do I now know this, or want to know this?
I was turned on to a new site by a co-worker: FreeRice.com. Do you want to feed the hungry but you've only got a few free minutes? Or are you just bored? Well, here's a solution to both problems.
Essentially, FreeRice.com is a way to feed hungry people in the guise of a nifty online vocabulary quiz. For every word you get (or guess) right, 10 grains of rice (paid for by advertisers on the site) are donated to the United Nations World Food Program. When I checked the totals today there had been 1,897,053,670 grains of rice donated. That's about 1,897,053 cups of rice. Not bad.
Check it out. You'll look up and wonder where the last 10 minutes have gone but in the meantime (depending on how good your vocabulary is) you've fed one person (or more) a meal of rice and maybe improved your vocabulary in the process.