July 25th, 2012
05:07 PM ET

Mash-up: Firefighters, iPhones, exploding fruit

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.

From the horse's mouth

Sandy Weill, the man who built Citigroup into the financial behemoth it is today, tells CNNMoney that maybe the money giants need to be downsized a bit.

What we should probably do is go and split up investment banking from banking. Have banks do something that's not going to risk the taxpayer dollars, that's not too big to fail.

Tough job in a tough place

Photographer and CNN iReporter Brian Day documented life on the job for firefighters in Detroit off and on from 2009 and 2012.

He recently shared his photos with iReport, and CNN International put together this piece with Day telling the story of his project and his feelings toward the subjects.

Breaking up is hard to do

Guest writer Dean Obeidallah admits he's fallen out of love with his iPhone. It's shaping up as a difficult breakup; they've been through a lot together. CNN readers have some relationship advice, as well as their own takes on the breakup scenario.

Hyptiotes

You forgot about people like me - you know the Luddites that don't even own a cell phone much less an iPhone. We make smug comments about how we don't stare into our iPhone and caress it like Gollum does his ring. We make snarky remarks about saving money and interacting with real-life people directly before we slip back into the anonymous abyss.

Parker Knox

Did this article really just compare the iPhone to an actual human relationship? WOW! We might have to rethink our priorities when people have to get empassioned by their devices just to enjoy them. I enjoy having a smart phone, but come on people.

KWS

So Dean is one of those REALLY high-tech guys who has downloaded all the apps and bought all the devices, and has turned control of his life over to the iPhone. Home lights, TV control, monitoring MPG in the car ... all by talking to Siri. He writes the above article, and sends it through the Cloud. Siri watches. He picks up his phone and dials an Android friend ...

"I'm ready. I'll be right over to make the change. Can't wait to try my new Galaxy," Dean emotes, and hangs up.

"Siri, I'm going out. Start the car and open the car bay door."

"Yes, Dean. Where are you going, Dean?"

"Just out to see a friend"

As Dean gets into the car, the garage door starts to close. His car doors lock, and the engine starts to race while in Park.

"Siri, what are you doing?"

Silence.

"Siri, open the car bay door!"

"I'm sorry Dean, I can't do that."

Watermelons blow up real good

A couple of enterprising guys have fun filming things exploding in slow motion. You can't get enough of this stuff.

Tat's the way it goes

Some folks who are looking for a job or hoping to change careers are going to extreme measures beyond polishing their resumes. Concerned about first impressions and appearances, some are having tattoos removed, CNN affiliate WFTX reports.

On the horizon: Facebook earnings report, Olympic torch

Facebook will issue its first earnings report as a public company on Thursday, a milestone in its growth as a public company.

Prince William and his wife, Catherine, will welcome the Olympic torch at Buckingham Palace on Thursday, the eve of the opening of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

July 26 anniversaries

Truman

1775 - The postal system is established by the Second Continental Congress.

1947 - President Harry Truman signs the National Security Act, establishing the Defense Department, the NSA, the CIA and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

1948 - Truman signs an executive order ending racial segregation in the armed forces.

1952 - Argentina's first lady, Eva Peron, dies of cancer at  33 in Buenos Aires.

1990 - President George H.W. Bush signs into law the Americans With Disabilities Act.

2005 - The Space Shuttle Discovery is launched from Florida, marking the first U.S. spaceflight since the Columbia disaster.

July 26 birthdays

Beckinsale

  • Rolling Stone Mick Jagger, 69
  • Actress Helen Mirren, 67
  • Figure skater Dorothy Hamill, 56
  • Actor Kevin Spacey, 53
  • Actress Sandra Bullock, 48
  • Actor Jeremy Piven, 47
  • Actress Kate Beckinsale, 39
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  1. Roxy

    The posts @10:14, 10:25 and 10:32 are offensive. They need to go.

    July 26, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. Meredith

    Sandy Weill says, "What we should probably do is go and split up investment banking from banking. Have banks do something that’s not going to risk the taxpayer dollars, that’s not too big to fail."
    Ya THINK?? Good call, Captain Overobvious!!

    July 26, 2012 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. Hay!

    @Merideth. What you suggest has already been done. The Bush-Bin Laden group of investors... (known as 'The Carlyle Group' here in America)...are not a bank, for example.

    July 26, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Meredith

      O.K. This is the last time I'm going to teLl you. My name is M E R E D I T H. I didn't "suggest" anything. I said Sandy Weill is Captain Overobvious.

      July 26, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    Try focusing on the main course instead of honest typographical errors.
    AND JUST SO YA KNOW... I oftentimes misspell a word just to see who takes the bait. (seperate the serious news blogger from the partisan microbloggers who would just as soon sit around and yak all day about nothing serious. aka those who think the same joke is only funny if one of their little group tells it.
    Now, who cares to have a SERIOUS discussion w/o harping on typos?

    July 26, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Meredith

      Try focusing on sounding so condescending to other people. Misspelling words deliberately isn't a test of mettle. It's a silly game. Why would anyone want to take you seriously after that? Grow up.

      July 26, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. @MeridEth

    Honestly, how do you feel about fmr. President Bush's gagging the FBI from reporting the names of the men who financed 9/11, and President Obama continually refusing to have this gag order lifted?

    July 26, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Meredith

      Thank you for spelling my name right. What date was the request made to President Obama?

      July 26, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
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