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# Re: OT: Free Rice (was Vivitne haec tabella?)

From: Paul Schleitwiler, FCM Thursday, February 7, 2008, 19:34
```I've been doing this as a regular practice every time I go online,
visit the site and 'earn' at least 1 000 grains. Takes only a few
minutes and I learn new words.
40 grains of rice = approximately one ounce. From Answers dot com, "A
koku (石, koku?) is a unit of volume in Japan, equal to ten cubic
shaku. In this definition, 3.5937 koku equal one cubic metre, or 1
koku is approximately 278.3 litres. The koku was originally defined as
quantity of rice, historically defined as enough rice to feed one
person for one year (one masu is enough rice to feed a person for one
day). A koku of rice weighs about 150 kilograms (23.6 stone or 330
pounds)."  So 330/365 = 0.9 lbs = approximately 14 ounces = enough
rice to feed one person for one day.
Since each right answer gets 20 grains of rice, 28 right answers will
feed one person for one day (560 grains)..
De god zegent u altijd, alle manieren,
Paul

On Feb 7, 2008 7:23 AM, caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...> wrote:
> >John Vertical <johnvertical@...> wrote:
>
> >Or "They marvel at the extruding exterior parts of Suomenlinna" as
> >Finns might interpret that ;)
>
> "Suomenlinna" reminds me of a site to which I was introduced yesterday:
> freerice.com.  It's a word game (choose the correct definition out of 4
> given) in which every correct choice earns 20 grains of rice for third
> world nations.  What is the connection for me?  One of the words I
> missed yesterday was "kamaaina."  It means a resident of Hawaii.  I
> thought it was a Finnish stew!!
>
> I'm going to play it each day, given the time, until I've earned 1,000
> grains of rice.
>
> Charlie
>```