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Daily Reader: Edition #336

Learn 92 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: the science behind humor, Tucson’s most mexcellent hot dog, and 5 of the world's most worrisome disputed territories.

1. The Science Behind a Laughter Epidemic and Other Ways that Humor Works
The New Republic, 3/30/2014

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 18

TNR: The Science Behind a Laughter Epidemic and Other Ways that Humor Works

What makes things funny? And how does humor differ across cultures? Read more and learn vocabulary words like alleged, benign, caveat, elicits, psychosomatic, and subtle.

Daily Reader: Edition #335

Learn 70 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: the inventor of the chocolate chip cookie, the fictional places that attract real-life tourists, and your nose's ability to smell at least one trillion scents.

1. The Woman Who Invented the Chocolate Chip Cookie
Slate, 3/20/2014

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 31

Slate: The Woman Who Invented the Chocolate Chip Cookie

Ever wonder who invented the chocolate chip cookie? Read more and learn vocabulary words like acumen, homage, obscurity, pervasive, renowned, and ubiquitous.

Daily Reader: Edition #334

Learn 101 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: celebrities as fashion commentators, reviewing your various streaming music options, and the March Madness matchup between fans vs. big data.

1. Which Celebrities Would Make Great Fashion Commentators?
Vanity Fair, 3/18/2014

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 31

Vanity Fair: Which Celebrities Would Make Great Fashion Commentators?

Which celebrities do you think would make great fashion commentators? You can probably guess some of them on this list. Read more and learn vocabulary words like deter, eponymous, foray, pedigree, prowess, and sardonic.

Daily Reader: Edition #333

Learn 55 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: how professors caught a student cheating online, lessons from ancient philosophers on happiness, and Crimea's controversial election.

1. Catching a Cheater Online
The Atlantic, 3/18/2014

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 21

The Atlantic: Catching a Cheater Online

Find out what happened when professors uncovered a student trying to cheat online. Read more and learn vocabulary words like brazen, deterred, premeditated, safeguards, undermine, and vicarious.