The CNN Daily Mash-up is a roundup of some of the most interesting, surprising, curious, poignant or significant items to appear on CNN.com in the past 24 hours. We top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs from around the world.
Is this the Shower of Splendora? To the list that includes Mary on a grilled cheese sandwich and Jesus on a tortilla, we can now add the image of Jesus in a moldy shower¬†in Splendora, Texas, CNN affiliate KTRK reports. Do you see it?
In an act of cross-species acceptance that could be a lesson to us all, a dog in Horn Lake, Mississippi, is nursing a kitten her human family rescued. The 10-year-old dog has given birth to 37 puppies in her lifetime, CNN affiliate WMC reports, so what's one kitten in the mix?
Georgina Castanon¬†tried to see Manhattanhenge - a phenomenon where the sun aligns perfectly with Manhattan's street grid - on Tuesday, but clouds foiled the photo shoot. But Wednesday evening, she and hundreds of other New York photographers were more successful. "We had beautiful light behind the clouds, and the orange glow reflected onto the buildings ... but that was it," she wrote on CNN iReport. "The sun was covered by the clouds but the experience of being with all these people was wonderful." Castanon still managed to grab a good shot:
New York City officials, led by Mayor Mike Bloomberg, are seeking to ban soft drinks larger than 16 ounces at restaurants, food carts and any other establishments that receive letter grades for food service. The announcement brought some characteristically strong - and humorous - response from real and wanna-be New Yorkers:
I'm gonna open an off-shore restaurant past the goobermint's jurisdiction. I'll offer 64-ounce drinks, plenty of salt shakers, huge burgers with all the fixin's, and a smoking section. I figure I should be able to retire in less than five years.
Yo, party in Jersey with 128 oz sodas ...
And some Krispy¬†Kreme too. If they one day limit quantities of that, I might have to break the law. "Hi, my name is Emily, and I'm a doughnut addict." You can be my pusher.
Just started manufacturing 15.99-ounce cups.
A smartphone app's developers claim it can repel mosquitoes. Are you buying it?
Former professional baseball pitcher Dan Naulty is one of the few players who have openly admitted using performance-enhancing drugs. In an in-depth article¬†by Sports Illustrated writer Tom Verducci, Naulty says:
I have no idea how many guys were using testosterone. But I would assume anybody that was had some sort of conviction that this was against the rules. To say it wasn't cheating to me ... it's just a fallacy. It was a total disadvantage to play clean.
Reports that shed light on the strength of the economy are due to be released Friday: April construction spending and April personal income. A verdict is expected Saturday in the trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Sunday brings the MTV Music Awards and the 2012 Miss USA Pageant in Las Vegas.
Friday, June 1: 1967 – The Beatles album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was released. 1974 – The Heimlich maneuver was first described in the journal Emergency Medicine. 1980 – CNN went on the air.
Saturday, June 2: 1924 – Congress passed the Indian Citizenship Act, granting citizenship to all Native Americans born within the territorial limits of the country. 1953 – Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in Westminster Abbey in London. 1995 – U.S. Air Force pilot Capt. Scott O'Grady was shot down over Bosnia and Herzegovina; he was rescued six days later.
Sunday, June 3: 1888 – The baseball poem "Casey at the Bat" was first printed in a San Francisco newspaper. 1965 – Maj. Edward White became the first U.S. astronaut to walk in space during the Gemini 4 mission. 1989 – Iranian revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini died. 1989 – Chinese authorities sent in the army to halt pro-democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square. Violence erupted in the early hours of June 4.
Friday birthdays: actor Andy Griffith, 86; singer Pat Boone, 78; actor Morgan Freeman, 75; Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood, 65; model Heidi Klum, 39.
Saturday birthdays: actor Stacy Keach, 71; Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, 71; composer/songwriter Marvin Hamlisch, 68.
Sunday birthdays: author Larry McMurtry, 76; singer Deniece Williams, 62; CNN journalist Anderson Cooper, 45.