July 11th, 2012
04:51 PM ET

Mash-up: Hot weather, dunked horse

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.

Is it hot on this planet, or is it just me?

This year's - and this decade's - weather extremes have heated up the debate over climate change, aka global warming. NOAA reports that nine of the 10 warmest years ever recorded have occurred since 2000. But does that indicate climate change, or is it just a normal variation? There is a relationship between the two, says Chris Field, founding director of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology.

As we change the climate, we're shifting the odds for extreme weather. Increasingly, we are loading the dice towards these very damaging kinds of extremes.

In Maryland, it even looks hot

CNN iReporter Janie Lambert is sweating it out at home in Maryland, where record heat and nasty storms are making it a decidedly uncomfortable summer. She shot a series of pictures, including the one below, Tuesday evening. "The images just say hot, sultry and humid," she told CNN. "The heat and humidity just smack you in the face. It is nauseating to be out for five minutes. I am so looking forward to fall!"

That's no way to cool off

A miniature horse named Danny Boy is lucky to be alive after falling into a tiny water tank Monday night, CNN affiliate WHO reports. The 400-pound animal fell through a plywood cover over the tank and became stuck, owner Roger Davis of Marshalltown, Iowa, told the station. Firefighters used straps and brute strength to lift Danny Boy to safety. The horse suffered some bad scrapes on his legs but looks like he will be OK, Davis says.

I hear North Korea is lovely this time of year

CNN iReporter Jora Frantzis says she and a friend decided to start journeying to "off-the-beaten-path destinations." You can't get much farther off the beaten path than North Korea, where they spent four days recently. Check out her fascinating photos from inside the reclusive country.

No hanky-panky, just hugs and cuddles

On the horizon: Penn State report, Trayvon Martin evidence

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh is due to release a report Thursday on his official investigation into how Penn State University handled sexual abuse allegations against former football coach Jerry Sandusky. In the evening, the Penn State board of trustees plans a closed meeting, followed by a public meeting Friday.

More evidence is expected to be released Thursday in the February shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. The Orlando Sentinel reports the new evidence will include statements from witnesses, investigators' reports and notes, and suspect George Zimmerman's prior calls to police.

July 12 anniversaries

1960 - The first Etch-A-Sketch goes on sale.

1967 - Race riots begin in Newark, New Jersey. Over six days, 23 people were killed, 725 injured and almost 1,500 arrested, according to Rutgers University.

1984 - Rep. Geraldine Ferraro becomes the first woman chosen by the major parties as a vice presidential candidate.

July 12 birthdays

Comedian/actor/author Bill Cosby, 75

Actress Cheryl Ladd, 61

Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, 41

Wrestler and MMA fighter Brock Lesnar, 35

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  1. Jj

    I always sucked at drawing anything with an etch-a-sketch. Ever try drawing a circle with one???

    July 11, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Secret Life Of Willard Mitty

      LOL! Stairs were easy!

      July 11, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @jj,I always had fun with an etch-a-sketch.My 2 older siblings had them so it was passed down to me. I got frustrated when I wasn't able to get it done perfectly though. Poor Danny Boy.

      July 11, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeremy

    lol, sure is difficult jj, and they never look like a circle either!

    July 11, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rascal Rabble

    which one you didn't like: the compass or the cookie cutter...they make perfect circles everytime 🙂

    July 11, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. The Secret Life Of Willard Mitty

    Etch a sketch was born, thus giving me a future platform for my politics.

    July 11, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      i think the alphabet magnets on the refrigerator woulddah did the same thing...

      July 11, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeremy

    At Rascal Rable, are you on drugs??? We were talking about etch a sketches when we were kids, not making cookies for crying out loud!

    July 11, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jj

      I just smoked a lil. Shh!

      July 11, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Lol...shhh, we won't tell...

      July 11, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jj

      gosh dangit. Banz where the heck u come from?! Ur supposed to remain silent in such matters... Hahaha

      July 11, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      My lips are sealed, Jj...lol.

      July 11, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. The Secret Life Of Willard Mitty

    I think I wanna be like Rascal Rabble, and allow myself to poop my Depends.

    July 11, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      give that man box of prunes...a new member...uh btw, we are diaperless organization that love poopin' on cnn threads...

      July 11, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Piers Morgan, Supervillain

    $60 an hour to snuggle? And people in NY are actually paying that? That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard.

    July 11, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    So wrong on so many counts, RR, but one cannot argue with ignorance.
    As you were this morning with the outsourcing and the post office.
    Never bothered to look at the responses, did you?

    July 11, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Ignorance regarding the subject YOU brought up, which you clearly had no knowledge of.
      As for the rest of your post:

      July 11, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rascal Rabble

    I can live with the Depends. They're goo when you need them.
    My secret vice (huffing) is what I really worry about others finding out about. They say it's a worse addiction than crack. Sometimes my mom will see a little dribble of silver laquer come out my nose.

    July 11, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rascal Rabble

    Last time mom seen silver laquer comin outa my nose, she said all i did is stare at the computer on the same page for 2 1/2 hrs

    July 11, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Hope

    Another mash up...

    July 11, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Hope

    Hell, yeah, I'm okay!


    And you? You doing alright?

    July 11, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Hope

    What's up with the continual joking about body functions... and why do people find it so fun to talk about. Feel free to go on a cruise with the navy. Their carriers have it all... except urinals. Big enough, I suppose, to flush your head in. By all means RR, relieve yourself.


    July 11, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Hope


    I konked my head on the bottom of the pool doing a dive...

    Not to worry... I went to the ER and everything is fine. Still have aches and pains, so the Dr. wrote a couple of prescriptions. If I act loopier than normal, you know why.


    July 11, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I hope you a speedy recovery, darlin!
      Good night!

      July 11, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Hope

    Over and Out...


    July 11, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
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