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. Hope

    Ahhhh, the Universe!

    Amazing that man's quest after life was to go to heaven... long before the Hubble telescope was able to capture a fraction of its' dense beauty.

    God's Glory and Splender, vast and true.

    June 6, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RIP Mr. Bradbury

    And how come you never made-up a story where the UFOs are all are manmade? Everbuddy wrote about them being aliens. Sheesh.(www.laesieworks.com./IFO/index.html) Or Youtube 'Nazi Flying Saucers' slash 'Nazi Bayer Aspirin Group USo' A'

    June 6, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dope@Hope

    Who wants to goto heaven rather than living forever on an earth free of war mongers and polluters? Free of gangsters and terrorists. A world where only decent people live as each of their lost loved ones are brought-back from the grave...reunited in loving Joy and Praise for The One True God.
    Go float on your clouds in abstencia. I, for my part, look forward to the true reward offered those following Jesus' example at all...yes, God IS gracious and long-suffering. Just thinking of his son perks his ears up. If not for God's love of Jesus, he would of *drowned* us with fire long ago...so repugnant is the odor of mankind upon this good earth. Stomp on toes!

    June 6, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dope@Hope

    If your hope is to goto Heaven as spoken of in God's word The Holy Bible as oppossed to burning in Hell forever as if God, or any decent parent, would ever even THINK about doing...knowing that their very-own children are being burned alive forever by my very own enemy, Satan the Devil. YOU have been DECIEVED!!! There is no "Hell". God is NOT an extortionist. Hell is an idea of man, not God.
    Get a clue and pray that your flight might not be in darkness.

    June 6, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. @Dope

    Hey, how's about you believe as you want, and everybody else does the same???? Look up "MESSIAH COMPLEX" as well!!!

    June 6, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hope

    Geesh at DOPE!

    I don't believe in fiery infernos burning people forever and ever, either. But I do believe in the paradise you spoke of. Heaven or Earth, I'd be grateful for both... and am.

    Sorry I upset you, that wasn't my intension. Presumptions are aggravating.

    Sorry, again;

    June 6, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MEN R MARS..WOMEN VENUS by Dr. Cantwell (secret viral cancer project 1962-1979 aids)

    I, Dr. Cantwell, have, after 5 decades of research, determined exactly what, at the very core, prohibits mankind from attaining *Peace*.
    As a leading researcher on the origin of hiv, knowing of 50,000 African chimpanzees being imported for what became aids, came to understand that every 17 seconds a male human of the animal species does in fact experience a desire to mate with the opposite se x, and that it is in fact the contrived manipulation of this natural heart rythm that has men fighting, and is second only to religions that teach "go fight for God&Country" on both sides that does in fact BLOCK the world from peace.
    Abolish organized religions while there is yet time. And as if governments have a choice. For it was written long ago religions riding on the backs of governements would be exposed for the lying who res that they are.

    June 6, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MEN R MARS..WOMEN VENUS by Dr. Cantwell (secret viral cancer project 1962-1979 aids)

    *check that. 50 thousand imported African Chimanzees PER YEAR were imported to Manahttan, used as the captured Nazi cancer viral Bayer AG program experimenting on jews was continued underground, with congressional funding.
    Finally, when the Chimpanzee was on the brink of extinction, the Viral cancer research team turned to volunteer gay men whom had been diagnosed with particular syndrome. (hailed as heroes in the press by the gay community even)

    June 6, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dope

    @Hope. 🙂 I like you. You KNOW that a decent persons future is secure and so there is no reason to be afraid. 🙂
    And Youtube 'Dr. Alan Cantell Jr.' for more of whats up with where aids came from. Gays won't be "recieving their full recompense for their error" via Aids. It is, and will be, gays being rounded-up and thrown into corporate prisons to slave. (160 corporate financed Homeland security Prisons built since 9/11 for "terrorists") Many gays who know of this have been fleeing the USa for years. Google it.

    June 6, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Hope

    John 3:16-21



    God's enemy?


    June 6, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Funtime on CNN


    June 6, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. @Philip

    is back and is his usual boring self. Hope you are no better.

    June 6, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dope

    Death is mans enemy, not Gods. Death has no hold on God, for example.
    God's enemy is none other than Satan the Devil himself...the mighty spirit creature who made himself into a snake and pleasured Eve out of Adam, and mankind out if everlasting life on earth, save those whom are truly *saved*; those whom pattern their lives CLOSELY after God's "only begotten son", Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. (those whom sell their hoardings and follow Jesus, as commanded. And those whom obey Jesus' commands, obviously. "If they truly love me, they would obey my commands")

    June 6, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. @Dope

    "Pleasured Eve out of Adam". I guess it's all in how ya process it...lol...sounds like you want to write for Penthouse...lol...

    June 6, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Toy Soldiers

    Unlike those who sell their hoardings the Pope Benedict who runs the world’s largest pe/dophile protection program. Thousands of priests rayped tens of thousands of children, and Catholic bishops all hid it, consistently, world-wide. Now the ICC is suing them, as they should, for international crimes against children. Benedict was in charge of the cover-up since the 1980s, when he handled that specific duty for John Paul II.

    He should be imprisoned for the rest of his life. Imagine if he were CEO of a Chucky Cheese Restaurant, and employees were raping thousands of children worldwide, and the management knew about it. Management hid it, and that knowledge went all the way up to the CEO, and he concealed the truth about it and moved those pe/dophiles around to raype others.

    Customers would boycott Chucky Cheese and have every manager thrown in jail.

    We can’t expect the Catholic church to rise to the standards of Chucky Cheese, but they should at least have to follow the basic laws of humanity and the laws of the land.

    June 6, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
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