June 6th, 2012
05:50 PM ET

CNN Mash-up: Chronicling Mars and Venus

The CNN Daily Mash-up is a roundup of some of the most interesting, surprising, curious, poignant or significant items to appear on CNN.com in the past 24 hours. We top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs from around the world.

Ray Bradbury mourned and celebrated

The death of acclaimed speculative fiction author Ray Bradbury evoked an appreciation from literary critic Gene Seymour, as well as a fond memory from CNN religion writer John Blake. Within his essay, Seymour quotes Argentine poet Jorge Luis-Borges, who in his introduction to his Spanish-language translation of "The Martian Chronicles," asked:

What has this man from Illinois done, I ask myself when I close the pages of his book, that episodes from the conquest of another planet fill me with horror and loneliness?

Many of our readers felt the same way about Bradbury, who wrote the anti-censorship classic "Fahrenheit 451." This comment is typical:


This is a sad day for all devoted science fiction fans. I even met my spouse in the science fiction aisle of my local bookstore. One of my children just read "Fahrenheit 451." The poor kid was horrified to even think of a world without the pleasure of settling down comfortably to read a good book. Thank you, Mr Bradbury, for sharing your literary talent with all of us. Bibliophiles around the world will miss you. My most sincere condolences to Ray's family and friends.

You can read more comments on iReport.

The Venusian Chronicles

It seems appropriate that on the day the author of "The Martian Chronicles" passes on, we're seeing hundreds of CNN iReporter images of Venus as it made its transit across the disc of the sun. You can ooh and aah over them here.

Here is NASA's view of the transit of Venus:

Angry days for 'Happy Days' cast members

Many of you reading this grew up watching "Happy Days," either in its original run or in syndication. You even may have had a lunch box with a picture of The Fonz on it. Well, four of the original cast members - Marion Ross (Mrs. Cunningham), Don Most (Ralph Malph), Erin Moran (Joanie) and Anson Williams (Potsy) - are suing CBS for a cut of the show's huge merchandising profits. A Los Angeles judge ruled on Tuesday that the trial can go ahead. In an interview with HLN's Joy Behar, Most summed up the actors' complaint:

"Happy Days" is one of the most heavily merchandised shows in TV history, and it's been out there for 37 years, and we never got a dime for any of the merchandise.

Here is more of that interview:

News of the "Happy Days" lawsuit prompted this exchange of comments between CNN.com users:


What year is this?


It's a 2012 lawsuit about a show produced in the '70s and '80s set in the '50s.  It's got something for everyone of all ages.

Oh, those crazy high school kids

Faculty and staff at Connecticut's Simsbury High School found some unexpected visitors on the school Wednesday morning. Not at the school; on the school. In what was assumed to be a senior prank, four placid pygmy goats were left atop a portico on the school's science wing, CNN affiliate WFSB reports. School officials think they might have a way to find out who is behind the caper.

On the horizon: Bernanke briefs Congress on economy

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke will testify before the Joint Economic Committee on the state of the economy. Also, the International Council of Shopping Centers will issue its monthly same-store-sales report, and Bernanke's Federal Reserve Board will release its consumer credit report.

June 7 anniversaries

  • 1942 – The Battle of Midway ended in a U.S. victory over the Japanese navy.
  • 1975 – Sony introduced the Betamax VCR.

June 7 birthdays

  • Singer Tom Jones, 72
  • Actor Liam Neeson, 60
  • Musician/songwriter Prince, 54
  • Basketball player Allen Iverson, 37
  • Tennis player/model Anna Kournikova, 31
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  1. Mary

    @ banasy, What you see means nothing to me.
    @ chrissy, You read his post all wrong. He has NEVER said that God throws people into a burning hell. NEVER. please read it again. Otherwise ... good afternoon

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