Sci-Fi & Gaming News Archive - November 28, 2005

The new Harry Potter film generated an estimated $408 million at the worldwide box office after its second weekend, with North American moviegoers contributing nearly half of that amount, its distributor said on Sunday.

A new research study examining a seven-year period of 32 domestic violence-related deaths in Hamilton County, Ohio, found that in more than 80 percent of the cases, the victim was either separated or about to terminate the relationship. In 96 percent of the cases, there were so called “predictors of death.” These are some of the key findings in a new research study led by the University of Cincinnati’s School of Social Work.

Word of the Day
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'