|Dr K Science||
One of the slightly more odd postings from the Royal Society of Chemistry this week is a mention for Free Rice, an initiative sponsored by the World Food Programme. It has a very simple concept: you answer multiple choice questions on a variety of topics and for each correct answer, they donate 10 grains of rice to 'hungry people'. Who exactly these hungry people are and who delivers the rice, I haven't quite figured out. Nor have I figured out whether I can really be justified in thinking that I have done my part to help alleviate third world hunger by answering a couple of quiz questions instead of putting my hand in my pocket. However, like Sporcle, it is surprisingly addictive - perhaps because the questions are quite straightforward - and you'll feel compelled to sample all of the categories (science students may be particularly interested in the element symbols quiz). It also has league tables to allow you to compete against your friends and so, I suppose, in its goal to raise awareness, it does actually succeed quite well.