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Feed the World, One Word at a Time

On the news Sunday night was a clip about all the Thanksgiving shopping, and they were say that while the Friday after Thanksgiving is “Black Friday, ” the following Monday, this past Monday, is known as “Online Monday,” one of the biggest online shopping days of the year. They went on to explain that while this is a great boon to online retailers, the companies that all these online shoppers work for loose half a billion dollars in productivity. Yes, half a billion dollars is lost on Online Monday because everyone is busy hitting Amazon.com, Overstock.com, BlueNile.com (hint, hint, honey, if you are online and reading this), and all the other online ways you can waste your time on do your part to help the flagging economy.

Of course reading blogs is exempt from the time wasting element, because you just learned the importance of online shopping on the Monday after Thanksgiving and you can forward the link to my site to all your friends so they can learn about it as well, and that is nearly as good as having spent an hour or so Monday morning shopping .But if you are still feeling left out because you didn’t spend some work time doing something frivolous, yet oh, so necessary, then let me do my part and send you to Free Rice. I only offer this site as a remedy because you can thumb your nose at productivity for a little while and yet feel good about it because you are feeding the world.

Oh, and just so we are clear on this, Free Rice is addictive. So force yourself to quit periodically and report back with your high scores. I’m at 40 so far.

12 comments to “Feed the World, One Word at a Time”

  1. Haven Rich
    November 28th, 2007 at 6:25 am · Link

    Oh yes, like I needed another “something” to keep me from working. I’m sure my husband will be cursing you this evening when I tell him what I’ve done all day.

    BTW, on the shopping front, I haven’t done it yet. I’ve browsed and compiled a list for the honey, but we haven’t bought anything yet. We’ll be starting this weekend though.

    Have you started shopping?

  2. Haven Rich
    November 28th, 2007 at 6:48 am · Link

    I managed to get to 36 while I ate breakfast. I must stop for now, else nothing would get done today. I still contend that the hubby is going to be cursing you today lol.

  3. Haven Rich
    November 28th, 2007 at 10:01 am · Link

    I got to the highest level, 50! It stinks that they don’t have higher levels.

  4. Elizabeth
    November 28th, 2007 at 3:07 pm · Link

    Oh, Haven, good for you! I have started shopping, but most of my shopping is things to make things from because I tend to make all my Christmas gifts.

  5. Haven Rich
    November 28th, 2007 at 5:41 pm · Link

    I use to do that too, until my very opinionated sister told me that no one wanted “made” gifts, they want bought gifts. I think it had a lot to do with her wanting an mp3 player and instead she got a scrapbook of her wedding.

    You’re going to have to share what gifts you make!

  6. Keira Soleore
    November 28th, 2007 at 11:02 pm · Link

    You sending me rice? I’ll send you a camel.

  7. Gillian
    November 29th, 2007 at 6:53 pm · Link

    I’ve pushed this site on my blog, too. It’s addictive, and so much fun to see how high my girls can go!

    But 50???? Good grief! I can barely stay at 38-40 (hangs head in shame….)

  8. Gillian
    November 29th, 2007 at 6:53 pm · Link

    Keira, love that link!

  9. Haven Rich
    November 30th, 2007 at 2:43 am · Link

    I only stayed there for four extra words (after hitting 50). I didn’t want to jinx myself and end up dropping back to 0 due to some oddball word lol. It goes with that saying, quit while the gettin’s good.

  10. Elizabeth
    November 30th, 2007 at 11:30 am · Link

    Keira, I love the camel!! Do I really get one? I especially liked the soap making business giving local women a chance to be financially independent and better their families! Sounds much better than another box of scented bath salts I can’t use.

  11. Elizabeth
    November 30th, 2007 at 11:31 am · Link

    Haven, 50? You so rock! And I would have quit as well….

  12. Haven Rich
    November 30th, 2007 at 1:20 pm · Link

    Don’t sound so impressed, on a few of them I asked my husband lol. I didn’t want to cheat, but it’s not cheating to ask someone is it?? Hehe. The one I decided to stop on had me stumped. I figured it was a good time to quit.

    I agree, I want a camel too. Although, I think goats and sheep are really really cute.

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