April 18th, 2012
06:28 PM ET

The CNN Daily Mash-up

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'll top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs. Your comments, as always, are welcome.

Quote of the day

Merle Butler, from a small town in Illinois, described the discovery that he held one of the winning tickets in the $656 million Mega Millions lottery:

"So, after I looked at it for a couple of minutes, I turned to my wife, who was right there with me, and I says, 'We won.' And she kind of looked at me funny, and I says, 'No, we won,' and then she started giggling, and she giggled for about four hours, I think."

A cultural icon is gone

Dick Clark, who as host of "American Bandstand" for more than 30 years earned the nickname "America's oldest teenager," has died of a heart attack at 82, his publicist and family say. Clark was a driving force in the development of the rock 'n' roll music industry, and he parlayed his business sense into a wide-ranging television production company. "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest, who co-hosted several New Year's Eve shows with Clark, tweeted:
[tweet https://twitter.com/#!/RyanSeacrest/status/192710906034126848%5D

iReporter goes inside 'Day of Action'

Peter Khauo submitted an iReport showcasing the second annual "Global Day of Action on Military Spending," an Occupy-esque protest against extreme government military spending and a demand that the money instead be spent on things like health care and education.

Horrifying accident, amazing result

A shocking video Wednesday from CNN affiliate WJXT shows a car plowing through the front door of a busy Florida supermarket, sending a stroller - and the baby inside - flying. Watch heroic store employees and patrons lift the car off an injured victim:

[cnn-video url=http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2012/04/18/dnt-fl-publix-car-crash.wjxt]

Strange local story: Plunger attack

A Roebuck, South Carolina, bartender is accused of assaulting a fired employee with a toilet plunger, according to CNN affiliate WSPA. You'll just have to read the rest for yourself.

User comment of the day

John Brennan, the man arrested for taking off his clothes at Portland International Airport in Oregon to protest his treatment by TSA screeners, not only was the subject of the story, but he also got involved in the conversation in the comments section. Here's one bit of advice he gave:

"Oh, and always smile for your mug shot. I look so grim, but I'd never been to jail before."

On the horizon: Public meeting on Florida shooting

The city of Sanford, Florida, has scheduled a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at a church to provide members of the public an opportunity to discuss the February shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, according to the Sanford mayor's office. Mayor Jeff Triplett will be among officials attending, his office said.

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  1. print more money please

    Greek bonds return 21%. I recently received a credit card offer for 24.9%
    Does this mean my credit is worse than Greece?

    April 18, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Scottish Mama

    I fully expect ABC to roll out Dick Clark's corpse on new year's eve just like the last 5 years.

    April 18, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. stanton


    April 18, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amazing

      You're sooooo old

      April 18, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gazork

    Dick Clark is the guy who made Mennonite kids wish they could dance.

    April 18, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill W.

      Thank you for a good, hearty laugh.....that is funny!!!

      April 19, 2012 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mr Dalloway

    When did Louis Farraknan pass away?

    April 18, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mr Dalloway


    April 18, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. karen

    Lol , Star trek Loved that movie!!

    April 19, 2012 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |