June 14th, 2012
05:37 PM ET

Mash-up: Texas-size hail, cupcake tank

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.

Everything's bigger in Texas

What with Nolan Ryan, Roger Clemens and Josh Hamilton, it's clear that Texans love their baseball. Baseball-size hail? Not so much. Several CNN iReporters filed images and videos of "apocalyptic" hail that damaged roofs, splashed into swimming pools and smashed car windows.

Your kind not wanted around here

While the Ku Klux Klan chapter in Union County, Georgia, is asking the American Civil Liberties Union to help it get approval to "adopt" a stretch of highway, some other residents think it would reflect poorly on the county. A man who wished to remain anonymous explained why he wouldn't want to see a sign touting the KKK's work:

I guess you've got the freedom to go out and hate people if you want, but I don't want them here. It gives us a bad name. I'm white, so I'm not the one they're targeting. But I would feel bad if an African-American drove by and saw that.

Make cake, not war

Soldiers celebrate the Army's birthday, and a general puts himself in the thick of it.

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2012 or 1984?

A Monmouth University poll showed strong support for using unmanned aircraft to track down criminals, combat illegal immigration or carry out search missions, but respondents are dead-set against using drones to do routine work such as patrolling traffic. Many of our readers seem to agree, expressing disdain for government intrusion. A commenter called Rand Paul (we don't know if it's really the Kentucky senator) said:

I saw George Orwell riding on a drone last night. He was waving.

Dog, naked guy rescued from river

A man was hospitalized after he somehow ended up stranded in the middle of Washington's Green River, nude and with a dog by his side. CNN affiliate KCPQ picks up the story from there.

On the horizon: Witching day, high-wire day, Father's Day

Hold onto your hats, investors. Friday is what's known as a quadruple witching day on Wall Street, when index futures, index options, stock options and stock futures all expire. The convergence, which happens four times a year, often triggers a day of volatility in the markets.

High-wire walker Nik Wallenda will be hoping for a lack of volatility as he attempts to become the first person in more than 100 years to walk a tightrope over Niagara Falls. Wallenda will walk a 2-inch cable attached to massive cranes on each side of the falls, about 1,800 feet across, and 200 feet up from the bottom of the gorge.

Friday anniversaries

King John signs the Magna Carta.

1215 - England's King John issues the Magna Carta.

1752 - Benjamin Franklin proves that lightning is electricity, while flying a kite with a key on it during a lightning storm.

2007 - The last "The Price is Right" show hosted by Bob Barker airs.

Friday birthdays

  • Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, 80
  • Baseball player Wade Boggs, 54
  • Actress Helen Hunt, 49
  • Actress Courteney Cox, 48
  • Rap artist/actor Ice Cube, 43
  • Actor Neil Patrick Harris, 39

Now that change has come to her country and she has been released from government detention, Myanmar dissident Aung San Suu Kyi will finally receive on Saturday the Nobel Peace Prize she was awarded 24 years ago.

Saturday anniversaries

Alfred Hitchcock

1903 - The Ford Motor Co. is incorporated.

1960 - Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" opens in New York.

1963 - Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space.

1976 - A march by students in Soweto, South Africa, turns into days of rioting when police open fire on the crowd.

Saturday birthdays

  • Author Joyce Carol Oates, 74
  • Boxer Roberto Durán, 61
  • Actress Laurie Metcalf, 57
  • Golfer Phil Mickelson, 42
  • Baseball pitcher Kerry Wood, 35

Sunday is Father's Day. The Census Bureau says there are 70.1 million fathers in the United States. The bureau also says there are 15,734 hardware stores and 21,628 sporting goods stores. Just saying.

Sunday anniversaries

O.J. Simpson flees police in a white Ford Bronco in 1994.

1972 - Arrests are made in the break-in at the Watergate offices of the Democratic National Committee in Washington.
1991 - The South African Parliament repeals the Population Registration Act, which had required racial classification of all South Africans at birth.
1994 - O.J. Simpson is arrested after a dramatic car chase.

Sunday birthdays

  • Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, 69
  • Retired Army Gen. Tommy Franks, 67
  • Singer-songwriter Barry Manilow, 69
  • Actor Greg Kinnear, 49
  • Olympic speed skater Dan Jansen, 47
  • Tennis player Venus Williams, 32
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  1. midogs2

    I got nothin' here.....................just sayin'

    June 14, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ♚Mmmmm♛

    hail in republican texas!?!?!...obama mustah been passing over...hail todah chief...

    June 14, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Huh??

    Speaking of "Psycho"...

    June 14, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ♚Mmmmm♛

    mmmh...another presidential fundraising party withtah emperor's new clothes theme...

    June 14, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Huh??

    Banasy?? Huh??

    June 14, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ♚Mmmmm♛

    i dunno about that...you were soundin legit until you went red velvet cupcakes...then it seemed like an invitation from the silence of the lamb serial killer....

    June 14, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat (in a hat)©,

    That was funny, but you went overboard when you brought in the cupcakes..

    June 14, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Huh??

    don't try the fava bean salad. Trust me.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Huh??

    What's the ribs? Actual baby backs? I'm passing.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    What an absurd thread!
    I love it!
    One question, Sir Speedo: what kind of beer?

    June 14, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Sir Speedo, Bud gives me an instant headache, so I respectfully shall partake is one of your various brews.
    Stay thirsty, my friend.

    June 14, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    You're jacking me now...
    Wait, that didn't come out right...
    Stop it.
    We were having a good time until the Mad Jacker came here.
    Just. Go. Away.

    June 14, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    Sir Speedo, I have told you before I dislike peppeoni.
    I don't like marshmallows in my cocoa, either.
    if you want to make this thread a clusterpuck, I can't stop you...but I'm not going to play, anymore, either....
    C'mon now, play nice.

    June 14, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    Ah, I'm tired.
    GN, KR.

    June 14, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Lol, Sir Speedo.
      It's been fun.
      Good night.

      June 14, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    Sir Speedo, I have never hijacked anyone, and I don't troll, either.
    I like you, too.
    Well, I am, but not for the reasons you stated.
    I have hijacked no one, as I detest being hijacked.
    I don't troll, because I'm an adult.
    I thank you for attributing me with notoriety, even though it's undeserved...
    Fan those flames.
    Thanks a lot, not.

    June 14, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Sir Speedo: don't believe everything you read from my detractors, darlin'.
      Those people are the true trolls; trying to make people hate each other.
      There's enough of that going around...don't need to read more of it here.
      You're pretty okay yourself, considering...you"re funny, and we NEED more fun!
      I'd crack a cold one with you anytime.

      Kenny Rogers:
      I like you, too, when you're not being me...lol...
      Gn. 😉

      June 14, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
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