Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 19, 2012)
Word of the Day

counterbalance

Definition:(verb) Oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions.
Synonyms:countervail, neutralize, counteract
Usage: That gentleman grew every day fonder of little Tommy, as if he intended to counterbalance his severity to the father with … affection towards the son.
Article of the Day

Chanakya, the Indian Machiavelli

Chanakya, also known as Kautilya, was a Hindu statesman and philosopher who wrote a classic treatise on politics, Arthashastra, or The Science of Material Gain. Often compared to Machiavelli, Chanakya wrote the book as a guide for the Maurya emperor, Chandragupta. An astute advisor, Chanakya is considered one of the architects of the Mauryan Empire, which began in the 4th century BCE. According to legend, Chanakya accidentally killed the emperor's wife, but then saved his son—how? More...
This Day in History

Leonard Bernstein Conducts His Final Concert (1990)

Less than two months before he died, Bernstein, a highly regarded American composer and conductor, conducted what would be his final concert. He had suffered from smoking-related lung problems for years, and his coughing fit partway through the Boston Symphony appearance that night nearly ended the performance. With his health declining, he officially retired in early October, and he died just five days later. What feat in 1943 made him an overnight sensation and set his career in motion? More...
Today's Birthday

Orville Wright (1871)

Born and raised in Ohio, Orville was four years younger than his brother Wilbur. They were in the bicycle business when they began the aeronautic experiments that led to the first controlled, powered airplane flight in 1903. Wilbur died in 1912, and Orville sold his interest in their company three years later. He later served for 28 years on the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, a precursor to NASA, before his death in 1948. What toy sparked Orville's interest in flying as a boy? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is kindness that makes one strong and brave; and so we are kind to our prisoners.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

know full well

To know or be aware of something without any possible doubt. More...
Today's Holiday

Woodward Dream Cruise (2017)

Since 1995, the one-day Woodward Dream Cruise has featured a parade of cars driving down a 16-mile stretch of Woodward Avenue in the suburbs just north of Detroit, Michigan. Owners of antique cars, muscle cars, custom cars, street rods, and special interest cars participate. More than 40,000 classic cars travel the route from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Dream Cruise has developed into a multi-community street festival, with entertainment stages, food and merchandise vendors, parades, and automotive displays. More...
In the News

Antipsychotic Use Up in American Youth

Since the 1990s, the use of antipsychotic drugs has grown dramatically in the US, particularly among children and teens. Nearly a third of youth visits to psychiatrists now involve antipsychotic medications, which are being increasingly prescribed for off-label use. This means that the drugs are being prescribed to treat conditions for which they have not received approval by a regulatory agency. Between 2005 and 2009, about 90 percent of the antipsychotic prescriptions written for those under the age of 21 were off-label. More...
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