May 23rd, 2012
04:57 PM ET

CNN Mash-up: Voting, marrying, gambling

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.

This is what democracy looks like

Ahmed Raafat, a CNN iReporter in Cairo, shot photos of voting lines for Wednesday's Egyptian presidential election, the first such election since last year's revolution.

"There is a general feeling of optimism and that the country is moving to a brighter future," Raafat said. "I saw hope in the eyes of the voters. It's the first time they  get to choose among different candidates and it's the first time they don't know the results in advance. "People want to see a president who feels their suffering and can deliver change. People want to see a new country that is built on justice and equality. People are waiting for development plans that can lift the country from its economic malaise."

This is what democracy sounds like

Nadia Fahmy, a 70-year-old grandmother, was so determined to be the first to vote at her polling station in Egypt that she camped out in a plastic chair for 2½ hours before it opened. She declared:

I am here to vote for the first time in my life. I want to see a new generation for my country. I want everything to change.

If it's worth having, it's worth waiting for

Another 70-year-old woman also has had a long wait. She is getting married for the first time - and her father will walk her down the aisle.

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Road sign: Watch for pregnant elephant

The Oregon Department of Transportation has a large challenge, figuring out how to pave a road without disturbing a pregnant elephant, CNN affiliate KGW reports. Rose-Tu, an Asian elephant at the Oregon Zoo, is due in December, and her zoo habitat is close enough to Highway 26 that a paving project scheduled to start in July could prove unnerving for her.

Irreverent, but you still chuckled

A large percentage of the people reading this have no memory of ever having to get up off their seat to change the TV channel. They have Eugene Polley to thank for that. The inventor of the wireless television remote control died Sunday at 96, prompting a range of reactions. Like TV shows, some were dramatic, some comedic. To wit:

So are they going to bury him, cremate him or just stick him down between the couch cushions?

What are the odds? Gamblers ban selves from new casino

Thousands have visited the Horseshoe Casino near Cleveland since it opened a week ago, but now, CNN affiliate WJW reports, some gamblers are banning themselves from going there. Ohio's Casino Control Commission offers a Voluntary Exclusion Program for those who worry about gambling addiction, said Responsible Gaming Program Coordinator Laura Clemens. "A lot of people are interested," Clemens said. "We have had an awful lot of calls, now it's just the logistics of signing them up." The Voluntary Exclusion Program would prevent people from entering any state gaming facility, Clemens said.

On the horizon: Auctions, birthdays

Three auctions are slated to take place or wrap up Thursday - a vial of Ronald Reagan's dried blood, Michael Jackson's and Justin Bieber's hair, and a slice of royal wedding cake. Ready to bid?

Thursday birthdays: M*A*S*H actor Gary Burghoff (72), singer Bob Dylan (71), singer Patti LaBelle (68), actress Kristin Scott Thomas (52), the Brooklyn Bridge (129).

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  1. chrissy

    Aww @ jeff, that was bad, lmao!

    May 23, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      Sweet man @bobcat(iah) I would never want to "shoot" you. Today was a comedy of errors and after hours in Detroit the flight was diverted to Denver. At least I have a place to stay and sleep, get fed, and shower.

      May 24, 2012 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Sorry to break up this chit chat

      The picture of Obama guffawing before addressing the Air Force Academy looks like satan incarnate. He is a possessed demon.

      “While compiling five trillion dollars in debt on failed stimulus and green energy schemes, I’m cutting defense by $480 billion, including canceling the F22 and scaling back F 35s. And that’s before the sequestration that starts in January. While creating 220,000 federal jobs, good because they’re unionized bureaucrats that vote democrat, I’m reducing the number of active-duty Air Force personnel by 3,900 as well as an additional 6,000 from the Reserves and National Guard. And retiring about 500 aircraft. But don’t worry: You’ll be leaner, but stronger!”

      USA was an economic and military superpower before he took office. Now we’re neither.

      May 24, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |

      Hey, I make up stuff all the time and then "put it in quotes so people who are gullible to the max will think Obama actually said it. I want to keep the war going infinitely so I can remain wealthy at the expense of the middle classes sons and daughters! Vote Republican! Yeehaw!"

      May 24, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Jj

      awe... Someone here doesn't want to know the truth behind obombas legacy. Tisk tisk. Nothing in quotations was untrue. But let's brush it under the rug shall we. Shhh. Shhh. Shhh. No president in history has ever spent the kind of money this clown has. You people are so blatantly obtuse it makes me sick. Bye bye mr obomba. Your days are numbered and thankfully so....

      May 24, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Lmao @ bobcat, i did hear *locked and loaded* once, but i think that was banasy. Yea she might be stuck here overnight. If she is shes sleeping already. And no wonder, they kept them on the plane for several hours on the tarmac!

    May 23, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    @ Jeff, you gotta be in a good mood Indians kicked the Tigers butts tonite eh?

    May 23, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Let us wish the people of Egypt luck with their future. Let us hope they chose wisely and join the community of nations with pride and positive contribution.
    Or have forgotten to be sports during the past decade?

    Wishing luck to the 70 year young bride to be too.
    good morning all.

    May 24, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Pl read that "Or have we...."

    May 24, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    And oh @ Linda Jackson

    Hate serves no one. I know this is difficult for those who take their bibles seriously but tolerance is what makes this world livable for all. People different than you in whatever orientation, other races & faith & cultures are not the enemy, hate is.

    May 24, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Hating the sin not the sinner.
      I'm have a great day everyone.

      May 24, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    lmao @ CHIT CHAT, good one! And we know *sorry to* really means *not sorry at all!* And good morning @ saywhat!

    May 24, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    btw @ sorry to break up this chit chat, sorry to tell you this, BUT youre on the wrong thread!

    May 24, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    Good morning@chrissy @ Mary

    May 24, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mary

    Of course there are those who are the angles of Satan. Therefore, one must be careful. Just clarifying myself.
    Morning saywhat and have a pleasant day.

    May 24, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    @ jj, i purposely chose a thread that had no mention of our POTUS for a reason! That reason of course is im sick and tired of hearing the hateful, biased, semi informed opinions of people like you!

    May 24, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    Now....Did my post make you change your opinion any? No? Lmao! Nor did yours make me change mine!

    May 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Romney's the Answer

    Does something drastic.....Romney will fire America, lmao!

    May 24, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
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