May 22nd, 2012
05:21 PM ET

Mash-up: Eclipse, dolphin, gay-baiting

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 top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs.

Devilish sight in the heavens

We know you can't get enough of Sunday's annular solar eclipse. CNN iReporter Angela J. Wright was shooting photos of the eclipse in Yucca Valley, California, about 10 miles from Joshua Tree National Park, when it took on this eerie configuration.  "I was so excited I had to keep my self calm," she said.  "I'd never seen anything like it before!"

Stuck baby dolphin rescued

Marine life experts from Sea World in Orlando, Florida, rescued a 5-day-old bottlenose dolphin that was stranded in a mangrove on Three Sisters Island, reports CNN affiliate Central Florida News 13, which has pictures and video of the cute little guy.

Trash patch bigger than Texas

There is a huge patch of garbage - the size of "a Texas or two," one expert says - swirling in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean, and it was there even before last year's epic tsunami in Japan.

This reality reminds us of folk singer Pete Seeger's song "Garbage," as performed in this YouTube video.

Pastor tries to clarify anti-gay sermon

Charles L. Worley, the Maiden, North Carolina, pastor whose anti-gay May 13 sermon became a viral video, told CNN affiliate WBTV that he's not being hateful. In the sermon, the pastor of Providence Road Baptist Church suggested setting up what would amount to concentration camps for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. But when asked about it by WBTV, Worley said:

Listen, all of the Sodomites, the lesbians, and all of the ... what's that word? Gays - I didn't wanna say 'queers' - that say we don't love you: I love you more than you love yourself. I'm praying for you to be saved.

But another North Carolina minister,  the Rev. Dennis Teall-Fleming, pastor at Open Hearts Gathering in Gastonia, North Carolina, took issue with Worley. In a statement to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Teall-Fleming said:

Nothing he says has anything to do with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I call on all Christian and Baptist organizations that have any connection with him to condemn his comments as strongly as I do, including Providence Road Baptist Church of Maiden.

Police stop party animals in Iowa

John Reiter

An Iowa man was arrested outside the Dog House bar in Dubuque on Sunday night with a pet zebra and a macaw in the front seat of his truck, CNN affiliate KCRG reports. The man was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, but he denies he intended to leave the pub's parking lot. He told the station that he and his wife often take their pets for rides and sometimes take them inside the bar. All righty then.

On the horizon: Egypt's election, Donna Summer funeral

Voting begins Wednesday in Egypt's first open presidential election. The vote follows last year's popular uprising that led to the ouster of longtime strongman Hosni Mubarak.

A private funeral for disco and pop singer Donna Summer will be held Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee. Summer died last week of lung cancer, though she was not a smoker, her family said.

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  1. chrissy

    lmao @ mama, kinda funny that mr king of crap would say something about that. Especially since he used to post under lower cased letters in the beginning. The way i see it those that make a big deal out of it are only being pompous jerks!

    May 23, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    good night banasy.

    May 23, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. Scottish Mama

    Good night banasy.
    Good night chrissy. I am tired and I have a big day tomorrow. See you later girl. Take care of yourself. Scottish.

    May 23, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Alot like the spelling, punctuation, and grammer police that were posting in here earlier critiqueing Marys post! It was rude and totally unnecessary!

    May 23, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      I did not see Mary's post. Or the grammar police person. I just try to get what they are saying and answer if I can. My punc. stinks, I cannot cast any stones.

      May 23, 2012 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Yup me too.

    May 23, 2012 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Night chrissy. smiley face here.

      May 23, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    Never mind, go ahead and think what you will.
    I lost what I really wanted

    May 23, 2012 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      No me above.
      Thank you so much to my "jacker" you have no idea how much I appreiciate the trouble your going to cause. (sarcasm intended)

      May 23, 2012 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. LuisWu

    A man, a zebra and a McCaw walk into a bar. The man says, give me and the McCaw a shot of whisky and a double for the Zebra. The bartender says, "yeah, the zebra must be sad, I noticed the long face..."

    May 23, 2012 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. what

    how long has that guy been dead?

    May 23, 2012 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. what

    is anyone tired of the worn out newest "cool buzz word" [viral] yet???? plz,give it a rest...

    May 23, 2012 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  10. JohnQPubliqu

    Great story from Iowa: "A drunk, a zebra and a parrot walk into a bar..."

    May 23, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. sherman

    Notice in the song garbage he mentions that our currency is worthless... hello??
    in gold we trust all others pick up trash.... isn't that how it goes? – car 54.

    May 23, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. ted

    The man in this photo is on meth .Follow him and you will find a meth lab.METH IS NOW THE ZOMBIE DRUG.

    May 23, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |

    Apparently Mr. Reiter can't read very well; Its the DOGHOUSE lounge.

    May 23, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  14. Meth

    He had a Macaw... A Bird... Also a Zebra... My guess is a Zebra Finch, which is also a bird. I don't see how an actually Zebra was going for a ride in his truck. Even a young zebra would fit strangely inside a truck if it could fit at all. What's up with the stories on here not being very clear?

    May 23, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  15. Matt

    Nevermind the previous remark, it is a Zebra. I should have watched the video. The guy clearly likes to get drunk and probably burn some grass, doesn't look too much like the Meth type. Meth heads can't take care of themselves much less exotic pets.

    May 23, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
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