Question of the Day

Oct 08, 2014

Yesterday's question asked (with thanks again to former journalist Francis Hinchey for submitting it): How did the Ebola virus get its name? One of the two first outbreaks (the one in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo) occurred near the Ebola River, from which the disease took its name. It wasn't actually the nearest river, but, "Ebola is a nice name, isn't it?" the naming scientist remarked. (H/T to Ken Walker for providing that bonus fact!)

Congratulations to Thomas Feyer of the New York Times for being the very first to answer that correctly! Honorable mentions also belong to Ken Walker (thanks, again, Ken!), Craig PittmanJohn WallDagmar EbaughJason HenselHiram ReisnerEdward TennerBrock ThatcherMatthew DelmanHollywood HighlandsClaudine LaforceMarilyn ParelPaul Boyd and Amy Zipkin for being spot-on, as well!

As for today's question, here it is, with special thanks to frequent QOTD participant Matthew Delman for submitting it: Which muckraking reporter got admitted to a mental institution for a story? Provide both the real name and the pen name to receive credit!

Click here to tweet your answer to @MuckRack. Remember, you must spell your answers correctly to be counted! We’ll announce the winners tomorrow!

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