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. rox731

    I have to give a high five to the lady who waited most of her life to find Mr. Right. Wow. I was lucky enough to find my Mr. Right early on in life, not sure I would have waited as long as she did.
    I feel sorry for the pregnant elephant who has to deal with the construction noise, but did anyone really think about the car exhaust fumes she was breathing in all this time if the highway is really that close to her enclosure?

    May 23, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    On the horizon: Auctions, birthdays

    "Lassie's last turd (petrified)" We'll start the bidding at $8000.00.

    May 23, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    What are the odds? Gamblers ban selves from new casino
    Don't you wish they had a program like that for Columbian bordellos.

    May 23, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    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.
    Whoa CNN! Wait! Her father? FATHER? The 'ol geezer has to be what? 110 Years Old? What's her dowery consist of...a diamond mine?
    Walmart would have to get an extra server just to record the wedding registry!

    May 23, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. acajunthatsagun

    Her dad probably had lost all hope he would ever unload the old maid.

    May 23, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • helensadornmentsblog

      That's mean

      May 23, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Linda Jackson

    I think CNN is responsible for stiring up alot of trouble about things that have been said in churches. People are supposed to have their own opinion abour gays. If something is said about them, then CNN makes it sound worse. As far as the pastor in NC, I agree with him 100% and so do much of the US. So quit stiring up trouble and leave people alone. No wonder FOX channel is better than you. Keep quite about things you dont know about and quit giving your own opinion about things.

    May 23, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Thank you for representing America by telling everyone else to shut up for not agreeing with you.

      May 23, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • blessedgeek

      Linda Jackson says, "As far as the pastor in NC, I agree with him 100% and so do much of the US."
      She lives in a little nook and believes that little nook represents the whole country.

      May 23, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rick

    It's funny, I've been to the Oregon zoo and it's a bit of a hike just to get from one exhibit to another. They should just move the pregnant elephant to a real zoo and bulldoze out all those hilly paths.

    May 23, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    @ Linda, i seriously doubt most of America agrees with a *concentration camp* for gay americans! 🙁 And i will voice my opinion about this topic anytime i wish, thank you!

    May 23, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fred

    This is a secret; Do not tell anyone. The penguins will attack at dawn.

    May 23, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    lmao yes you did! Too funny!

    May 23, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Really???

    Getting married at 70 & having your Dad walk you down the aisle...Priceless!

    May 23, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @ Piers Morgan Sucks

    You do realize the elephant is the symbol of the republicans. So in essence you are correct. The elephants have been slowing down progress for quite some time now.

    May 23, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    Hey bobcat, did you get my message?

    May 23, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Where and when sweetie ?

      May 23, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Road sign: Watch for pregnant elephant
    I hear tell more of these signs are starting to show up in the inner city.

    May 23, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    Youve changed your U/N again? And since when did you start calling me sweetie? Lol? Are you really you?

    May 23, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      @ chrissy

      It's really me. Sorry about the sweetie. I just went back and saw your message. I left a response for both you and dazzle. She probably wants to shoot "me" now.

      May 23, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
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