Organic Rice Shows Us the Power of Words

Jar of Rice

Make what you will of this post, as it is certainly a little on the strange side. A little over a week ago we posted about being slow to speak. When I finished writing that post my girlfriend asked, “Oh, did you put the rice in?”

The rice! How could I forget the rice!?

What is the rice, and what does it have to do with the words we speak? Keep reading to find out, but be prepared for something very strange and surprising!

The Rice Experiment:

My dad has always been the type of guy that likes things that are awesome (a trait I inherited). A while back my dad saw an experiment that involved rice while watching Perry Stone.

The rice experiment just so happened to be awesome, so naturally, he decided to try the experiment for himself (in typical myth busting fashion). Feel free to try this one yourself, and contact us with the results. Follow these three steps (or just read them and look at the results if you ain’t got no time for that).

Step One: Gather Supplies

Things you’ll need for the rice experiment:

  • Organic Rice
  • Two Jars (same size, and both thoroughly cleaned)
  • Sticky Notes, or Paper & Tape
  • A Writing Utensil
  • A Place to Stage Your Experiment

Step Two: Jar the Rice

The header explains this step pretty well, but there’s a few things you need to be careful about.

First off, the rice must be organic. I assume the preservatives in “regular” rice mess the process up.

Next, you have to make sure that both jars are as equally clean as possible. This can be difficult to do. It likely won’t be perfect, but just try your best. We’re not aiming for a Nobel Prize.

Place an equal amount of rice into each jar and seal them. Place both jars in an area that is going to give the same amount of sunlight (or lack of it) to each jar.

Obviously, the idea is to keep both jars are as close to the same as possible.

Step Three: Place Notes & Wait

The last thing you are going to do before waiting for the results, is placing a note on each jar. On the first note write something like:

I love you!

You are good rice!

I hope you live!

I know it seems weird, but just hang with me here… Attach the note to the jar, so that the words are facing the rice.

Now repeat the previous step with the second note, but this time write:

I hate you!

You are bad rice!

I hope you die!

Harsh, I know…

After doing all this, you have to wait for an extended period of time. We have done this test several times under different circumstances. The results have varied in intensity, but have always (to my knowledge) had similar results.

The Results:

Proverbs 18:21 (ESV)

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

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Read all of Proverbs 18 here!

Prepare for craziness…



Can you tell a difference?

Can you tell a difference?

And it smells good too!

Make what you will of it. Yes, any number of things could have caused this to happen… The thing is, we did this test several times. It was the same rice, in the same type of jar, in the same conditions.

What Does It Mean?

I’m not sure what exactly causes this to happen. Could all of the “hate you” jars have been slightly dirtier? We cleaned both jars out, but it’s still possible I suppose. With that being said, I believe that there’s something else worth considering…

What if words have power? Shouldn’t we be more careful to watch what we say? We shouldn’t even joke around about hating people. If a sticky note with words written on it can kill rice, what can the words that we speak do?

 Proverbs 12:18 (ESV)

There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

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Read all of Proverbs 12 here!

Rice or no rice, the moral is the same: Watch the words you speak!

If you try the experiment yourself, feel free to contact me with the results (or leave a comment below)!

Love you guys, and praying for you!





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