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How many of our parents (and those of us who are parents ourselves) have said, “You think you’re hungry?  There are children starving all over the world!”  Or my personal favorite:  “There are plenty of hungry kids out there that would LOVE to have that sandwich that you think is gross.”

Well, guess what?  Today’s website will help feed those hungry kids.  Free Rice is a site that allows you to donate grains of rice to help feed the world while expanding your vocabulary at the same time! This is such a great idea, costs you nothing, but can make a world of difference. 

When you go to the site, you just start selecting definitions, and the words continue to get tougher.  If you miss one, it will ask you for the definition of it later, truly helping you learn the words!  And, as an added bonus, you don’t have to do just vocabulary!  At the top of the page, there is a tab that says, “Subjects.”  There you can choose Chemistry, Math, even a foreign language!  (Right now, I’m working on my French!  C’est impossible!)

 All money (100%) raised by the site goes to the UN World Food Programme to help feed the hungry.  The rice is paid for by the advertising banners at the bottom of the page.

It’s fun to see the bowl on the right side of the screen fill up with rice as you continue to guess the correct answers. Every time you get a correct answer, 10 more grains of rice are added to the bowl. If you guess incorrectly, nothing happens. (No consequences for wrong answers, unlike those blasted SATs.)  Once it gets to 100, then it starts again with an empty bowl, but keeps track of the 100s in the corner.  As far as I can tell, there is no limit.  You can play all day if you’d like.  Or play a little each day.  Whatever works best for you.

There is also a FAQ tab if you have any questions.  (There are actually some good questions there.  I learned a lot!)

So, give your vocabulary a boost, work on your knowledge of world geography, or even show what you know about famous paintings. Yeah, on that one I was shooting blanks.  No clue.  Guess my college class, Art Appreciation 101 did squat for me. My high school French obviously made much more of an impact.  Or as the French say, “impact.”  See?  You’re learning already!

What a Wimp!

No, I’m not going to rant today, I’m going to promote the website wimp.  I’ve been debating about whether or not to share it, and that is why I didn’t do this yesterday even though I usually give you a website to check out.  But, this morning, the latest video made me teary-eyed, so that was my sign that I just had to share.  My son turned me on to this site (of course) and shares quite a few of the videos.  Some are just “okay” while others are clever, fascinating, or just plain funny.  So, even though you may have to sort through some that you don’t really care for, the next ones may just blow your socks off.

This site adds several videos a day, so it can be tough to keep up with, if you want to see everything.  However, nothing says you have to do it all in one sitting.  And, again, sometimes the title tells you enough that you know you want to skip it. 

I have no idea why it is called “wimp,” but I really don’t care.  It can entertain me for hours.  Not that I watch it for that long, of course.  I have housework I need to do!  (yawn)

Here are a few of my favorites that will show you the range of what you can find here:

Wimp finds videos that are posted worldwide on other sites, and shares the interesting ones.  So, some you may have already seen elsewhere.  But, honestly, this is a great go-to site when you just want to be entertained for a few minutes.  And, best of all–suitable for all ages!  (By the way, I’m not an “animal person,” but for those of you that are, don’t worry, there are plenty of cat and dog videos.)

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