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. Superman

    @@@chrissy the above is a true thing but the story she gave them is hallarious it was a scarey moment though there is so many freaks and monsters running the streets out here no telling what could of happened

    May 8, 2012 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Whats wrong with lawyer jokes? Lawyers dont think theyre funny, and nobody else seems to think that theyre jokes!

    May 8, 2012 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. raven

    Whoops! On topic: those dingly-dangly hitch "ornaments"are so gross...

    May 8, 2012 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. Superman

    @@@raven i did and thank you so much,,,,we were on our way up and i was listening to where eagles dare from iron maiden and there was an eagle flying by and my first thought was lee it was a good experience to go up and back like that and feel good about it and safety? Well it was shot out the door that climb thats for sure soon we may be going to wyoming to do grand teton not sure which route yet but will know in about 2 weeks

    May 8, 2012 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    lol superman, i know you work for walmart and all, but i gotta agree with that girl, i dont like their stuff either.

    May 8, 2012 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. Superman

    @@@chrissy and raven did you know that my comment is awaiting moderation? What did superman do now lmfao

    May 8, 2012 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Who knows superman, just remember who your dealing with! Troll posts stay up for days, the raunchier the better, and the legit ones go in the garbage.

    May 8, 2012 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. Superman

    Stinken moderators they took of my comment thats a crock of,,,,,,,,

    May 8, 2012 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. Superman

    I should give them a piece of my #*+####-+, all this time i havent posted and now they pick on the superman i wish i could sit down all day and do there job

    May 8, 2012 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    ok well im off to bed, gotta finish that garden tomorrow. Ttyt superman. Good nite.

    May 8, 2012 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  11. raven

    How cool that leeintulsa sent a sign! I've never been to Wy.but I've heard some places are beautiful.Cold though... Im a warm weather girl now. hey chrissy, is your grandson feeling any better?

    May 8, 2012 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    Hey back raven, and yep very much so, he hates the food. Thats always a good sign right?

    May 8, 2012 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. Superman

    @@@chrissy your always good for a chuckle!,,,,,@@@raven yes its very beautifull in wyoming and yellowstone? Omg ive been up in there in the middle of winter skied in wiyh a bunch of friends one year for a week and holy smokes the wild life and wolves the wilderness is there

    May 8, 2012 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Anyway gotta go, have a peace filled night guys. Good night.

    May 8, 2012 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  15. Superman

    @chrissy,your getting sleeeepy!!! God night girls,,,,love all superman

    May 8, 2012 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
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