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This was originally posted on the Abunga Blog @

Jennifer over at Brains on Fire posted on a site today called FreeRice which for every word you get right they donate 20 grains of rice through the United Nations to help end world hunger.

It’s essentially a multiple choice question, where they show a word, and four possible definitions.  If you pick the right word they donate 20 grains of rice and you confirm that you know the right definition.

I checked out today for about 5 minutes and I donated 320 grains of rice and I learned that digressive = tangential, a great way to spend a couple minutes online.

FreeRice is the sister site of and they combine two things I enjoy and that we at Abunga equally agree with, helping people and improving literacy.  As of the posting of this blog 9,123,269,430 grains of rice had been donated.

From the FreeRice About page

 FreeRice has two goals:

1. Provide English vocabulary to everyone for free.

2. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

Whether you are CEO of a large corporation or a street child in a poor country, improving your vocabulary can improve your life. It is a great investment in yourself.

Perhaps even greater is the investment your donated rice makes in hungry human beings, enabling them to function and be productive. Somewhere in the world, a person is eating rice that you helped provide.

Go to and spend a few minutes, I bet you’ll learn a few new words and you’ll certainly donate some grains of rice to deserving people.

It’s not my job

I was sitting at our local Panera last week at a booth right next to the soft drinks. It’s not really a clutch spot for an uninterrupted lunch, but if I hadn’t been there I wouldn’t have noticed a very interesting trend. There is a floor mat right under the drinks, and the corners kept getting kicked up by the customers. Every couple minutes an employee that walked by would reach down and flip the corner back down. This probably happened three times while we sat there.

The next time it was kicked up, a manager was the next employee to walk by, he reached down and pulled the mat back towards him to flatten it out, and the rest of the time we were there, it didn’t get kicked up again.

After I saw the manager react differently to the situation, it brought to my mind a post on Brains on Fire blog, “How well do you do not my job“.  In their excellent post, it brings up the question, how well do you do the things that aren’t explicitly “your” job, i.e. out of your job description.  At Panera it was the manager who did “not my job” well.  I’d venture to say that in todays world, companies that are full of people who act, even when it is not within their official job to act will come out ahead of those who don’t.  People who work with this mindset will in most cases care for the customer better.

Who is it at your company?  Is it you?

Check out their post, have it rock your world.

Have a great day.

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