You've seen a million Bill Gates hoax posts on Facebook. Share or like or tweet or repost some random blather, and the Microsoft billionaire will give you $5,000! Or a free Disney cruise! Or a new computer! But you're not as gullible as my Aunt Franny, so you know this ain't gonna happen.
Except here's a Gates giveaway that's for real.
On his blog, GatesNotes, the Microsoft founder discusses what he would do if he lived on just $2 a day, as a billion people in the world do. Hint: it involves winging it. Literally. Like, chicken-winging it.
"Through my work with the (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), I've met many people in poor countries who raise chickens, and I have learned a lot about the ins and outs of owning these birds," Gates writes. "As a city boy from Seattle, I had a lot to learn! It's pretty clear to me that just about anyone who's living in extreme poverty is better off if they have chickens."
Gates goes on to spell out the importance of poultry to the poor, and why his foundation is working toward creating sustainable market systems for poultry in sub-Saharan Africa. And through a partnership with Heifer International, he wants readers to help out.
"If you read this article, watch the video above, and answer one question below, I will donate -- on your behalf via Heifer -- a flock of chickens to a family in poverty," Gates promises. He also notes that the question is simple, and if you get it wrong, you can answer again. You need to register with GatesNotes to complete the checklist (so just watching the video embedded here isn't enough).
Aunt Franny, this one's for real.