Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

equipoise \EE-kwuh-poiz; EK-wuh-\, noun:

  1. A state of being equally balanced; equilibrium; -- as of moral, political, or social interests or forces.
  2. Counterbalance.
Equipoise is equi-, "equal" + poise, from Middle English poisen, "to balance, weigh," from Old French peser, pois-, ultimately from Latin pensare, "to weigh."
  • Depression caused by the lack of a holiday to party about for at least a one-month period. Typically occcurs between St. Patrick's Day and Memorial Day in the US and also during the month of August when holidrawl is present between 4th of July and Labor Day.
Date: April 26th
Dear Diary;
I'm in such holidrawl that I can't think of anything else to tell you!
*flips back to entries from St. Patty's Day and cries hysterically*
What are you afraid of if you suffer from iatrophobia?
  • Doctors, or going to the doctor.
Today in History:
  • freedom of the press: a legal precedent was established when newspaper editor John Peter Zenger was acquitted of seditious libel; he had published criticism of the colonial governor of New York (1735)
  • US Coast Guard: was launched as the Revenue-Marine, later called the Revenue Cutter Service (1790)
  • Anne Frank: teenage Jewish diarist was discovered, along with her family, by Nazis; their hiding place was revealed by a Dutch informant and they were sent to concentration camps, where most perished (1944)
  • Burkina Faso: West African republic received its new name meaning "land of upright people"; it was formerly called Upper Volta (1984)
Today's Birthdays: