24 hours through the lens
August 1st, 2012
05:08 PM ET

Mash-up: Crop circles, Twitter Olympics

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.

Twitter Olympics change the game

CNN tech reporter John D. Sutter writes, "Wasn't this supposed to be the 'Twitter Olympics,' where everyone rejoiced in the digital-era magic of hearing directly from the world's best athletes and scrolling through a global, real-time conversation about what must be the planet's most 'Kumbaya'-like sporting event?"

Well, yes. But things don't always go as planned, as evidenced by some athletes' questionable tweets and the groundswell of digital criticism for NBC's coverage of the Games.

CNN readers have at least as many opinions about Twitter as they have about the Games.

RabbitMan196

Twitter is not one of those things that makes the world a better place.  Knowing people's knee-jerk reactions to things is not news, or even interesting.

Sybaris

It may not make the world a better place but it puts a real face on the world. People are just not as nice as they pretend to be.

Anoran

Arab Spring? Just because it doesn't make -your- world a better place doesn't mean the end result isn't positive.

PSAGuy

It's the thing the younger generation does not get....yet.  They are eons ahead of us old timers with the technology...no 2 ways about it.  But they don't yet understand the ramifications of the technology. Nothing happens in a vacuum. There are consequences for not understanding the public nature of all this technology. It's one thing to know how to drive a car.......quite another to understand "the rules of the road" however.

American pie

CNN iReporter Lynn Jones got pied herself at a big cream pie fight in Dallas.

During a bid to break the Guinness World Record for the largest shaving cream pie fight, CNN iReporter Lynn Jones joined more than 700 people in Dallas plastered in globs of shaving cream. Describing it as a chaotic, fun and party atmosphere, she says it was a thrilling event that she didn't want to miss.

"It was so much fun, and I would do this again in a heartbeat," she says. "One guy at one point said I didn't have enough shaving cream on me, so his pie went on the top of my head. I was laughing the entire time."

The truth is out there

Mysterious crop circles have appeared in a wheat field near Wilbur, Washington. CNN affiliate KXLY goes all X-Files on the story.

15-year-old deals with shocking adversity

A 15-year-old basketball player in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, is the youngest breast cancer patient ever treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, CNN affiliate WKRN reports. Ashley Roby was just 14 when she was diagnosed, and in February she underwent a bilateral mastectomy, with her family and her boyfriend, Jaelin, by her side. Since her operation, Ashley's scans have shown no need for additional radiation or chemotherapy. However, it the midst of it all, Ashley has had to deal with another tragedy.

Electric motorcycle can't tip over

Gore Vidal never shrank from a debate

Eclectic author Gore Vidal died Tuesday night at 86, leaving behind a body of work that chronicled American culture with a clear and often critical eye. Throughout his life, Vidal didn't shy away from controversy - either actively courting it or inviting it through his acerbic one-liners.

I've had hard targets in my lifetime, I've taken on general superstitions, but that's what writers do. So I certainly, wouldn't have changed my modus vivendi one bit.

On the horizon: Romney horse, GM earnings

Rafalca, the horse belonging to presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, will take part in the dressage competition Thursday at the Olympic Games in London. White House spokesman Jay Carney said President Barack Obama will be watching "if his schedule allows." The president is "interested in seeing every American entrant perform well, and he'll follow every event," Carney said.

A day after announcing that its sales fell from the same period last year, General Motors will report its second quarter financial results Thursday.

August 2 anniversaries

Churchill, Truman, Stalin at Potsdam

1923 - President Warren G. Harding dies and is succeeded by Calvin Coolidge.

1934 - Adolf Hitler becomes chancellor of Germany.

1945 - The Potsdam Conference between the leaders of the U.S., the Soviet Union and Britain ends with an agreement on a plan for postwar Europe.

1974 - Former Nixon White House counsel John Dean is sentenced to one to four years in prison after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice in the Watergate scandal.

1978 - The New York state health commissioner declares that the contaminated Love Canal in Niagara Falls poses an imminent threat to public health; evacuation of pregnant women and children begins.

1990 - The Iraqi army invades Kuwait, leading to the Persian Gulf War in 1991.

August 2 birthdays

Peter O'Toole

  • Actor Peter O'Toole, 80
  • Director Wes Craven, 73
  • Actress Joanna Cassidy, 68
  • Journalist James Fallows, 63
  • Author Caleb Carr, 57
  • Actress Mary-Louise Parker, 48
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