June 21st, 2012
05:38 PM ET

Mash-up: Can she say that?

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.

Where is the outrage?

Michigan State Rep. Lisa Brown writes in a guest column for CNN that her use of the word "vagina" on the state House floor didn't cause an uproar until the male-dominated leadership had time to think about it:

Rep. Lisa Brown

"While there was a scatter of applause from my colleagues, there were no dropped jaws, bulging eyes or fainting. In fact, the only remarkable thing about their response is that there was virtually no response at all."

Say it with flowers

If you want to say something really awful, say it with this flower.

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Right on time

No one seems to be immune from the foreclosure crisis, including Grandview Baptist Church in Morganton, North Carolina, CNN affiliate WBTV reports. The church was about to be padlocked and taken over by the bank last week when a stranger pulled up in a pickup truck and spoke with the pastor. What happened next has folks around Morganton using the word "miracle," and meaning it.

A place in the sun

What better way to mark the summer solstice than to center and stretch in New York's Times Square? CNN iReporter Rachel Cauvin photographed thousands of yoga enthusiasts celebrating the moment on Wednesday. According to the official site of Times Square, the participants' goal was to find peace at the epicenter of one of the world's busiest cities.


Your own private island

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has a lot of money. I mean, A LOT. Probably way more than you and everyone you know, put together. So what does a ridiculously rich dude do? He buys virtually all of Lana'I, one of the Hawaiian islands, to be his own private playground, of course. When we asked what kind of place you would set up with that kind of scratch, you got creative. Case in point:

bobcat (in a hat)©

Mine would be an uncharted island where all bobcats would be free to roam as they please. There would be fields of catnip so we could experience the euphoria of enlightenment forever. We would allow some dogs, but only as our servants. We would section off one very large area of beach for a litter box so we could experience the serenity of the waves lapping on the shore as we relieved ourselves. The wind would be so gentle that it would never aggravate us by ruffling our fur. Ah yes, that would be the cat's meow.

On the horizon: Sandusky verdict, 'Newsroom' premiere

The jury in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse trial could come back at any time with a verdict. The case went to the jury Thursday after the former Penn State assistant football coach's defense team declined to call him as a witness during the trial.

Aaron Sorkin's new HBO drama "Newsroom," featuring a character inspired by a CNN correspondent, premieres Sunday.

June 22 anniversaries

  • 1815 - Napoleon abdicates his throne after his defeat at Waterloo.
  • 1941 - Nazi Germany invades the Soviet Union.
  • 1944 - The GI Bill of Rights is signed which provides benefits to veterans.

June 22 birthdays

  • Actor Kris Kristofferson, 76


  • Actress Meryl Streep, 63
  • Actor Graham Greene, 60
  • Singer Cyndi Lauper, 59
  • Basketball player Clyde Drexler, 50
  • Actress Amy Brenneman, 48
  • TV host Carson Daly, 39

June 23 anniversaries

  • 1985 - An Air-India flight crashes into the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 329 aboard.
  • 1992 - Mobster John Gotti is sentenced to life in prison

June 23 birthdays

  • Conductor/pianist James Levine, 69
  • Actor Ted Shackelford, 66
  • Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, 64
  • Actress Frances McDormand, 55 actress
  • Actress Selma Blair, 40 actress

June 24 anniversaries

  • 1509 - Henry VIII is crowned king of England.
  • 1947 - Pilot Kenneth Arnold reports seeing strange objects near Mount Rainier, Washington. He describes them as "saucers skipping across the water," hence coining the term "flying saucers."
  • 1948 - The Soviet Union begins a blockade of Berlin. Allied forces respond with what would be known as the Berlin Airlift for the next year.
  • 2005 - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is elected president of Iran.

June 24 birthdays

Georg Stanford Brown

  • Actor Al Molinaro, 93
  • Actress Michele Lee, 70
  • Musician Mick Fleetwood, 65
  • Actor/director Georg Stanford Brown, 69
  • Actor Peter Weller, 65
  • Author Mercedes Lackey, 62
  • Actress Nancy Allen, 62
  • Actress Sherry Stringfield, 45
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  1. D Rock

    Just another example of leftist lib media trying to brainwash Cyndi Lauper.

    June 21, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Into what?
      Thinking she's 49?

      June 21, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dazzle ©

    Oh no, lol, it is the romantic troll.

    June 21, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dazzle ©

    Even poor Thelma Lou is being trolled. Who's next?

    June 21, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    lol @ dazzle, and they didnt spell her name right! themoa? lol and congrats bobcat, your funny bone made the big time! 😉

    June 21, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. AZ Annie

    Hey dazzle, if you're done with your ex, can I have that hunka hunka burning love?

    June 21, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @AzAnnie, have at it. LOL

      June 21, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Congratulations, Rawr!
    Well done!
    Isn't this the second time now?

    June 21, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Rep. Lisa Brown may be able to say that on the House Floor, but you sure can't say it here...

    June 21, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    No. She is not allowed to say that. Recall, not long ago a US Congressman lost his job for using the dictionary word for the slang 'tightwad'.
    Those who make their living by fanning the flames of racism, and with their other hand, fleece the flocks, must have recieved a billion dollars worth of free TV airtime. Over a freaking word!

    June 21, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I remember that!
      I thought is was the silliest thing ever...
      I honestly laughed by head of when I first read about that...absolutely ignorant.

      June 21, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    lol @ banasy, Rep Lisa Brown was reprimanded for saying it on the house floor tho. She wasnt allowed to speak @ the next session. The capitol building in Lansing was heavily picketed lmao!

    June 21, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. D Rock

    Libs will do whatever it takes to silence women like the woman from the story that said the V-word.

    June 21, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You do realize, darlin', that the woman in the story, Rep. Lisa Brown, is a Democrat, right?
      Trump/Palin 2012?
      You're fun!

      June 21, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. D Rock

    Looks like banasy© is just as brainwashed as Cyndi Lauper. Shame. Open your eyes!

    Trump/Paul/Palin 2012

    June 21, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    @ banasy, its vahjayjay!

    June 21, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    I'll BET the next session was packed!
    Kind of hypocritical, with the propensity of our politi tians always trying to get into a vahjayjay other than their spouses...lol...

    June 21, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    @ D Rock, do you honestly think Palin has any place in government in 20l2? If you do ive got a bridge ill sell ya! Trump either for that matter.

    June 21, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    Omg girl, it was awesome! Women do NOT like to be told they cant say something you know. lmao of course you know!

    June 21, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
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