May 31st, 2012
05:55 PM ET

CNN Mash-up: Jesus, Manhattan, steroids

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 from around the world.

Maybe he's doing baptisms

Is this the Shower of Splendora? To the list that includes Mary on a grilled cheese sandwich and Jesus on a tortilla, we can now add the image of Jesus in a moldy shower in Splendora, Texas, CNN affiliate KTRK reports. Do you see it?

Not like cats and dogs

In an act of cross-species acceptance that could be a lesson to us all, a dog in Horn Lake, Mississippi, is nursing a kitten her human family rescued. The 10-year-old dog has given birth to 37 puppies in her lifetime, CNN affiliate WMC reports, so what's one kitten in the mix?

And I say, it's all right

Georgina Castanon tried to see Manhattanhenge - a phenomenon where the sun aligns perfectly with Manhattan's street grid - on Tuesday, but clouds foiled the photo shoot. But Wednesday evening, she and hundreds of other New York photographers were more successful. "We had beautiful light behind the clouds, and the orange glow reflected onto the buildings ... but that was it," she wrote on CNN iReport. "The sun was covered by the clouds but the experience of being with all these people was wonderful." Castanon still managed to grab a good shot:

CNN iReporter Georgina Castanon captured this image of Manhattanhenge on Wednesday evening.

No more Big Gulp in the Big Apple?

New York City officials, led by Mayor Mike Bloomberg, are seeking to ban soft drinks larger than 16 ounces at restaurants, food carts and any other establishments that receive letter grades for food service. The announcement brought some characteristically strong - and humorous - response from real and wanna-be New Yorkers:


I'm gonna open an off-shore restaurant past the goobermint's jurisdiction. I'll offer 64-ounce drinks, plenty of salt shakers, huge burgers with all the fixin's, and a smoking section. I figure I should be able to retire in less than five years.


Yo, party in Jersey with 128 oz sodas ...


And some Krispy Kreme too. If they one day limit quantities of that, I might have to break the law. "Hi, my name is Emily, and I'm a doughnut addict." You can be my pusher.

Charles Walker

Just started manufacturing 15.99-ounce cups.

Hey, it's worth a try

A smartphone app's developers claim it can repel mosquitoes. Are you buying it?

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Clean guys finish last

Former professional baseball pitcher Dan Naulty is one of the few players who have openly admitted using performance-enhancing drugs. In an in-depth article by Sports Illustrated writer Tom Verducci, Naulty says:

I have no idea how many guys were using testosterone. But I would assume anybody that was had some sort of conviction that this was against the rules. To say it wasn't cheating to me ... it's just a fallacy. It was a total disadvantage to play clean.

On the horizon:

Reports that shed light on the strength of the economy are due to be released Friday: April construction spending and April personal income. A verdict is expected Saturday in the trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Sunday brings the MTV Music Awards and the 2012 Miss USA Pageant in Las Vegas.


Friday, June 1: 1967 – The Beatles album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was released. 1974 – The Heimlich maneuver was first described in the journal Emergency Medicine. 1980 – CNN went on the air.

Saturday, June 2: 1924 – Congress passed the Indian Citizenship Act, granting citizenship to all Native Americans born within the territorial limits of the country. 1953 – Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in Westminster Abbey in London. 1995 – U.S. Air Force pilot Capt. Scott O'Grady was shot down over Bosnia and Herzegovina; he was rescued six days later.

Sunday, June 3: 1888 – The baseball poem "Casey at the Bat" was first printed in a San Francisco newspaper. 1965 – Maj. Edward White became the first U.S. astronaut to walk in space during the Gemini 4 mission. 1989 – Iranian revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini died. 1989 – Chinese authorities sent in the army to halt pro-democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square. Violence erupted in the early hours of June 4.

Friday birthdays: actor Andy Griffith, 86; singer Pat Boone, 78; actor Morgan Freeman, 75; Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood, 65; model Heidi Klum, 39.

Saturday birthdays: actor Stacy Keach, 71; Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, 71; composer/songwriter Marvin Hamlisch, 68.

Sunday birthdays: author Larry McMurtry, 76; singer Deniece Williams, 62; CNN journalist Anderson Cooper, 45.

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  1. chrissy

    Lmao im going this summer to see her, but she doesnt live in nyc she lives in bloomingburg, near middletown. We might go to the city though, i do luv it there. But no way in hell is she gettin me back to coney island lol!

    May 31, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dazzle ©

    @chrissY, you can always take the subway to Coney Island. Did you have a bad experience there? I am glad you are going to see her. Ask her if she knows what Cake Boss is in Hoboken. A relative dragged me there even though I could care less about cake.

    May 31, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    We took the subway when we went last time, which i loved btw, but omg girl the smell was horrid as soon as we got out at coney island. People sleeping on the sidewalks, garbage all over. It was something that just sticks with ya!

    May 31, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Now nyc was awesome, the street performers in particular! And i love times square, makes you just feel alive!

    May 31, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dazzle ©

    LMAO @chrissy, I do know that there has been a huge influx of Eastern Europeans there and their food smells are gross. If the smells are human awful, I'd take a pass too!

    May 31, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. patrick ©

    Hello ladies, Daz since when did you stop liking cabbage and beets?Maybe you miss the way I prepare it. Not nice of you to blow off Buddy at Carlos. He only uses the name Cake Boss on the telly. At least you went to Rays and had your slice. I am counting the days until our child arrives in the Rockies. Daz, please get some sleep, you are now doubly jet-lagged. Come visit me on Eatocracy. I've had it with these trolls on This Just In. Chrissy, don't forget, I am doing a dinner for you.

    June 1, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  7. Everett Wallace

    The religious folk has taken the name of jesus and christian and just desecrated them, I do not know neither one of them . I know GOD THE FATHER, I know GOD THE HOLYSPIRIT and I know Everett Osborne Wallace and neither one of US are religious. So take your jesus, take your christianity and take your holy ghost and toss them in the pit. I'll keep and TRUST the TRINITY we know whats best for the world and mankind.

    June 1, 2012 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    @ patrick, yes i remember, lol. @ dazzle, sorry i wimped out and fell asleep on you last night. Allergy meds kicked in.

    June 1, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
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