Ronda was hungry cutting weight for the 135 lb world title fight and got to thinking about people who go hungry every day. She is also pretty obsessed with computer games.
Enter free rice ... which is a site where you answer questions and for each correct answer the company sponsoring the ad banner on the page donates 10 grains of rice to the world food hunger program.
Ronda decided to start a group to raise money, er - rice - for this program . The group is rondamma . Anyone can join and anyone can play. Here are the top ten, actually 12, people when the group hit 10,000,000 grains of rice donated and how much they had each donated as of that time. I showed the top 12 because I did not take the number exactly when the group hit 10,000,000. (I have a day job and Ronda is training so we weren't sitting around waiting for the number to turn over). To be fair, I included the people who were in the top 10 or really close.
Ryan Ghidina 910,900
Pablo Weiner 839,530
DBautista, OCanada and RobNolan were also in there but somehow their totals got dropped off.
As you can see from the chart below, the group is now at almost 18,000,000 grains of rice.
Being good at math, I figured that based on an estimated 3,500 grains of rice per bowl this was enough to feed around 5,000 people. So, Ronda's going hungry adventure will help 5,000 people not go hungry.
After a while, people who waste time on things like bar-hopping, dating, parenting, training and actual jobs questioned whether it is truly possible for someone to donate 1,000,000 grains of rice or were people cheating.
So ... I timed myself. Answering questions in Spanish or math, both of which I know pretty well, I can get 25-30 a minute correct. That is 15,000 - 18,000 per hour. Assuming other people are the same, those people who have donated a million grains of rice have spent about 55 hours on the site over the past 39 days - less than two hours a day - and fed 300 people. In addition, they have probably brushed up on their high school French or algebra.
You have about 36 more hours if you want to get in on the contest. (Of course, you can join the group any time.) We'll send prizes to the top donors as of when Ronda weighs in on March 2nd. To give a chance to those people - graduate students, new mothers - who cannot spend a lot of time on the site, Ronda is going to also pull the names of some other donors at random. You have to have donated at least ten grains of rice. That is, answer at least one question correctly. When you play the game, if you want to be part of the contest make sure you are playing for the group rondamma. If you just want to donate rice, then that's awesome, too and good for you.
Hope that answers everyone's questions. Thank you to those in the top ten. You totally make me feel like a slacker.
If any of you are in Columbus, be sure to say, "Hi." I will be the short grandma screaming at the top of her lungs while Ronda is fighting.