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 CNN.com 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. dazzle ©

    Our @bobcat(in a hat) does it again. Great! I cannot believe Meow was only 2 and so huge. Rest easily dear feline.

    May 7, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      That makes me sad. Almost like losing one of the family. meow- hoo hoo, meow-hoo hoo. ( That's a cat cry )

      May 7, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    And todays Quirky News: A blind man was arrested today in a home for the blind for exposing himself! No word yet on HOW it was noticed.

    May 7, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      Daaaaamn chrissy, that was hilarious.

      May 7, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Yea i know what you mean bobcat, i adopted my friends cat l0 years ago and he weighed 29 lbs when i got him. His name is hogan but for awhile it was lard ass! Thank god he trimmed down cuz hes now the ripe old age of l8!

    May 8, 2012 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      wow, that is reeeeeeaaaly old for a cat. He must enjoy your love.
      Was that really you about the blind man ? That is way too funny.

      May 8, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    trucker hauling computers and accessories is driving down the highway late one night when he sees a truck stop on the side of the road. So he decides to pull over. On aproaching the door he read s a sign: "NO NE RDS." He shrugs it off and enters. He's greeted by the end of a shotgun barrel in his face. "Are you a ne rd?" the bartender asks.

    "No, I'm a truck driver," he replies. He's allowed to come in, so he orders a cup of coffee, sits at the bar and drinks it.

    While he drinks his coffee, a man walks in wearing his pants up to his chest, a plaid shirt, pocket protector and thick-framed glass. The bartender pulls out his shotgun and shoots him..

    "What the hell did you do that for!?" asks the trucker.

    "Well," the bartender answers, "it's ne rd season."

    "Ne rd season?" asks the trucker, confused.

    "Yeah. See, the ne rd population in this town is getting out of hand, so we've opened up nerd season."

    So, with that, he finishes his coffee and goes back on the road. While he drives the car in front of him suddenly swerves and wrecks. To avoid becoming part the disaster, he swerves to get out of way. The swerve's too hard. His tractor trailer flips and he dumps his load all over the road. He gets out of his truck to see ne rds coming from all directions grabbing everything they can. He doesn't know what to do. He's gotta stop this. Remembering what the bartender told him, he goes back to the truck and pulls out his gun and starts picking them off, one by one. While doing this, a highway patrol officer starts running after him, waving his arms screaming, "STOP! STOP!"

    "What?" the trucker asks, confused, "I thought it was ne rd season."

    "Well yeah," the officer answers, "but you can't bait 'em!"

    May 8, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Yea that was me, lol, i have a funny bone to ya know. And every day my phone sends me a lil quirky news tidbit, that one came the other day and its amused me ever since lol

    May 8, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      Glad to see that side of you again. Keep it up.

      May 8, 2012 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    This memo is from an unnamed computer company. It went to all field engineers about a computer peripheral problem. The author of this memo was quite serious. The engineers rolled on the floor.

    Mouse balls are now available as FRU (Field Replacement Unit) therefore, if a mouse fails to operate or should it perform erratically, it may need a ball replacement. Because of the delicate nature of this procedure, replacement of mouse balls should only be attempted by properly trained personnel. Before proceeding, determine the type of mouse balls by examining the underside of the mouse. Domestic balls will be larger and harder than foreign balls.

    Ball removal procedures differ depending upon the manufacturer of the mouse. Foreign balls can be replaced using the pop off method. Domestic balls are replaced by using the twist-off method.

    Mouse balls are not usually static sensitive. However, excessive handling can result in sudden discharge.

    Upon completion of ball replacement, the mouse may be used immediately. It is recommended that each replacer have a pair of spare balls for maintaining optimum customer satisfaction. Any customer missing his balls should suspect local personnel of removing these necessary items.

    And with that my friends I bid you good night. Talk to you tomorrow.

    May 8, 2012 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    OMG! Now that was hillarious! Almost as good as Elmo! lmao

    May 8, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. Superman

    Bobcat has a mouse ball fetish tonight that should be something for superman!!,,,how ua doin BC

    May 8, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. Superman

    @@@chrissy i missed the party eh? Dam im late again

    May 8, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    Man times have officially changed since i was a kid. I was at the mall with my grandaughter when we saw a man with a patch over his eye. My grandaughter said to me *what is he trying to quit?*

    May 8, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. Superman

    @@@chrissy that was a good one about the blind guy were do you people get these jokes

    May 8, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  12. Superman

    Good one girl

    May 8, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    lmao @ superman, yea looks like it, i think bobcats probably wore out, hes been entertaining us for days ya know!

    May 8, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. Superman

    I was working at one of my stores today and a woman thats 32 yrs old with the mentality of a six yr old turned up missing , the cops were called in to search for her , couldnt find her in the store so they went to the security cameras and saw that she had left the store so they blocked off the area about an hour later they found her in the forever 21 stor and she told the cops she didnt like walmart and there stuff and went there instead

    May 8, 2012 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. raven

    Hey m.s., bobcat and everyone!Hey superman, welcome home!!did you get my post to you the other night?

    May 8, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
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