May 7th, 2012
05:35 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 in the past 24 hours. We'll top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs.

Get ready to be inspired, and to cry a little

If you haven't yet experienced "The Gift of Charles," you should leave this blog right now and go read the words, watch the videos and study the photos of a remarkable family dealing with the challenge of a lifetime. Tremica Thompson, whose son was battling a dreadful disease, said this about the struggle:

We can't change it. We can't go around it. We have to walk straight through it together, as a family.

37-pound cat dies

More sad news: Meow, the 37-pound cat who captured the national spotlight, including his moment on this blog last Wednesday, died Saturday afternoon from respiratory distress, CNN affiliate KOAT reports. Anderson Cooper memorialized his late guest on his syndicated show's website.

Was Elvis in good hands?

Elvis Presley was an entertainment superstar, but judging by the contents of his wallet and other items in a new exhibit, he also was a regular guy. Kevin Kern, Graceland's communications director, noted that the megamillion-selling artist had an insurance card in his billfold:

Even the King of rock 'n' roll had insurance.

Police get their man

A plastic rendering of a part of the male anatomy dangling from the back bumper of a pickup truck caught the attention of deputies in South Carolina. The driver tried to talk his way out of a ticket, but the deputies wouldn't play ball, CNN affiliate WYFF reports.

Hadn't thought of that

Computers and robots are getting smarter all the time, but they should remember where they came from. The machines will never rule over us as long as we continue to remind them of this truth from Paul Nussbaum, clinical neuropsychologist at the University of Pittsburgh:

We tend to really get so impressed with the latest gadget, the latest phone, the latest whatever it is, and we forget that all of the technology that built it came from the human brain.

iReporters share super pictures of Supermoon

Yup, it sure was big and bright, and people all over the world shared what they saw via CNN's iReport.

'Not a comic book girl,' but thrilled to see 'Avengers'

"The Avengers" blew away box-office records over the weekend, thanks in part to CNN iReporter Meagan Hoffman in Port Washington, Wisconsin. She  saw the movie twice, Thursday at midnight and again on Saturday, despite not being a "comic book girl." She shared images and observations from Thursday night's blockbuster opening.

Student schools museum on history

OK, so he can't pronounce "Gibraltar," but a 13-year-old seventh-grader knew that a map of the Byzantine Empire he saw at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art was wrong, and he let officials there know. Eventually, the museum admitted he was right.

Story gets likes and dislikes aplenty

Our readers were pretty fired up about our Tech section's "brogrammers" article, with some disagreeing strongly with the "frat boy" comparison and others reluctantly recognizing aspects of the concept in themselves. User frivless commented:

<brogrammer>Really?  Step foot into any successful organization where programming is done and tell me how many "brogrammers" you see?</brogrammer>

On the horizon: High-profile court proceedings

Sanford, Florida, neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman is scheduled to be arraigned on a second-degree murder charge Tuesday in the February death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. Meanwhile, a court in Peru will hold a hearing on whether to extradite convicted murderer Joran van der Sloot to the United States to face extortion charges.

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  1. rox731

    I loved the story about the museum and the boy finding the mistake.

    May 7, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    I see those hanging from bumpers all the time around here....most of them from squad cars...
    I jest.
    I do see a lot of them.
    I need a bc (iah) © joke.

    May 7, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Meow the 37 lb cat. RIP I'm going to miss you cuz.

    May 7, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    ty troll philip, always the comic aint ya? Bobcats jokes are much better tho.

    May 7, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    This one is for you Meow

    Four men were bragging about how smart their cats are. The first man was an Engineer, the second man was an Accountant, the third man was a Chemist, the fourth was a Government Employee.

    To show off, the Engineer called to his cat, "Tsquare, do your stuff." T-square pranced over to a desk, took out some paper and a pen and promptly drew a circle, a square, and a triangle. Everyone agreed that was pretty smart.

    But the Accountant said his cat could do better. He called his cat and said, Spreadsheet, do your stuff." Spreadsheet went out into the kitchen and returned with a dozen cookies. He divided them into 4 equal piles of 3 cookies each. Everyone agreed that was good.

    But the Chemist said his cat could do better. He called his cat and said, "Measure, do your stuff." Measure got up, walked over to the fridge, took out a quart of milk, got a 10 ounce glass from the cupboard and poured exactly 8 ounces without spilling a drop. Everyone agreed that was good.

    Then the three men turned to the Government Employee and said, "What can your cat do?" The Government Worker called to his cat and said, "Coffee Break, do your stuff." Coffee Break jumped to his feet, ate the cookies, drank the milk, crapped on the paper, screwed the other three cats, claimed he injured his back while doing so, filed a grievance report for unsafe working conditions, put in for Workers Compensation and went home for the rest of the day on sick leave.

    May 7, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Hello banasy© and chrissy

    A Russian and an American wrestler were set to square off for the Olympic Gold Medal. Before the final match, the American wrestler's trainer came to him and said, "now, don't forget all the research we've done on this Russian. He's never lost a match because of this 'Pretzel' hold he has, whatever you do don't let him get you in this hold! If he does, you're finished!"

    The wrestler nodded in acknowledgment.

    As the match started, the American and the Russian circled each other several times, looking for an opening. All of a sudden, the Russian lunged forward, grabbing the American and wrapping him up in the dreaded pretzel hold.

    A sigh of disappointment arose from the crowd and the trainer buried his face in his hands, for he knew all was lost. He couldn't watch the inevitable happen. Suddenly, there was a scream, then a cheer from the crowd and the trainer raised his eyes just in time to watch the Russian go flying up in the air. His back hit the mat with a thud and the American collapsed on top of him making the pin and winning the match.

    The trainer was astounded. When he finally got the American wrestler alone, he asked, "how did you ever get out of that hold? No one has ever done it before!"

    The wrestler answered,"well, I was ready to give up when he got me in that hold but at the last moment, I opened my eyes and saw this pair of testicles right in front of my face. I had nothing to lose so with my last ounce of strength I stretched out my neck and bit those babies just as hard as I could."

    "So, the trainer exclaimed, 'that is what finished him off?!"

    "Not really. You'd be amazed how strong you get when you bite your own balls.

    May 7, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Laughed for 5 minutes 🙂

      May 7, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Catless

    Awesome cat joke.
    I was just laughing at what those cats could do! I admit I was kind of disappointed to see it turn into some redneck joke, though.

    May 7, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      Redneck ???????????????

      May 7, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    lmfao @ bobcat, dont worry hun, he probably thinks only rednecks screw their bosses over.

    May 7, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 2 @ banasy

    Imma going to call a've been a naughty boy again...time to give you another "exorcism".

    May 7, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Ah, I see my juvenile, malignant #1 fan is still lurking, waiting like a bloated spider to pounce whenever I post.
    Whatever. (Rolling my eyes)

    Rawr, thanks for the jokes.
    Hopefully, these will stay; they probably will.

    May 7, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    lol @ banasy, they are leaving troll philips posts up so they might leave the jokes too. In any case im glad i got to read em b4 they deleted them.

    May 7, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    All of this attention from one little boy.
    Your troll posts are just as boring and predicatable as your "serious" posts were.

    May 7, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    You posted the same boring thing twice...must mean you're twice as boring as you were yesterday.

    May 7, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    Bobcat's jokes are funny...
    The troll just sounds desperate.

    May 7, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    @ tony, i know right? Laughter truly is the best medicine lmao.

    May 7, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
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