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Sci-Fi & Gaming News Archive - July 14, 2006

The creators of "South Park" lambasted Comedy Central Thursday for removing an episode that lampooned Scientology and Tom Cruise from the network's repeat schedule and for blanking out the image of Muhammad during another episode.

Given the intensity with which the media scrutinize movie ticket sales, last weekend's record $136 million opening of Walt Disney Pictures' "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" was reported as if it were manna in a box office desert.

Overall U.S. video game sales jumped 25 percent in June to $844.5 million, as Nintendo Co. Ltd's dual-screen portable players and THQ Inc.'s "Cars" video game sold well, while Microsoft Corp's Xbox 360 shortages dissolved, a market research firm said on Thursday.

When the authorized sequel to J.M. Barrie's children's classic "Peter Pan" is published in October, it will not be the only adaptation of the original vying for attention in book stores.

Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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