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(article, Caroline Cummins)

Charities are a good thing. Word games are fun. FreeRice combines them both with a website that donates rice through the United Nations every time someone correctly defines a vocabulary word on the site.

Weird? Yes. But, like many easy-to-use Web games (the Kevin Bacon engine is one of the oldest, simplest, and most entertaining), it's pretty addictive.

And like all video games, FreeRice gets harder as you continue playing. Try it for yourself:

"Lamina" means:

list(compact).
 clearness
 old-timer
 layer
 Russian country house

(Hint: Think "laminate," and you're halfway there.)

Word.