July 25th, 2012
05:07 PM ET

Mash-up: Firefighters, iPhones, exploding fruit

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.

From the horse's mouth

Sandy Weill, the man who built Citigroup into the financial behemoth it is today, tells CNNMoney that maybe the money giants need to be downsized a bit.

What we should probably do is go and split up investment banking from banking. Have banks do something that's not going to risk the taxpayer dollars, that's not too big to fail.

Tough job in a tough place

Photographer and CNN iReporter Brian Day documented life on the job for firefighters in Detroit off and on from 2009 and 2012.

He recently shared his photos with iReport, and CNN International put together this piece with Day telling the story of his project and his feelings toward the subjects.

Breaking up is hard to do

Guest writer Dean Obeidallah admits he's fallen out of love with his iPhone. It's shaping up as a difficult breakup; they've been through a lot together. CNN readers have some relationship advice, as well as their own takes on the breakup scenario.

Hyptiotes

You forgot about people like me - you know the Luddites that don't even own a cell phone much less an iPhone. We make smug comments about how we don't stare into our iPhone and caress it like Gollum does his ring. We make snarky remarks about saving money and interacting with real-life people directly before we slip back into the anonymous abyss.

Parker Knox

Did this article really just compare the iPhone to an actual human relationship? WOW! We might have to rethink our priorities when people have to get empassioned by their devices just to enjoy them. I enjoy having a smart phone, but come on people.

KWS

So Dean is one of those REALLY high-tech guys who has downloaded all the apps and bought all the devices, and has turned control of his life over to the iPhone. Home lights, TV control, monitoring MPG in the car ... all by talking to Siri. He writes the above article, and sends it through the Cloud. Siri watches. He picks up his phone and dials an Android friend ...

"I'm ready. I'll be right over to make the change. Can't wait to try my new Galaxy," Dean emotes, and hangs up.

"Siri, I'm going out. Start the car and open the car bay door."

"Yes, Dean. Where are you going, Dean?"

"Just out to see a friend"

As Dean gets into the car, the garage door starts to close. His car doors lock, and the engine starts to race while in Park.

"Siri, what are you doing?"

Silence.

"Siri, open the car bay door!"

"I'm sorry Dean, I can't do that."

Watermelons blow up real good

A couple of enterprising guys have fun filming things exploding in slow motion. You can't get enough of this stuff.

Tat's the way it goes

Some folks who are looking for a job or hoping to change careers are going to extreme measures beyond polishing their resumes. Concerned about first impressions and appearances, some are having tattoos removed, CNN affiliate WFTX reports.

On the horizon: Facebook earnings report, Olympic torch

Facebook will issue its first earnings report as a public company on Thursday, a milestone in its growth as a public company.

Prince William and his wife, Catherine, will welcome the Olympic torch at Buckingham Palace on Thursday, the eve of the opening of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

July 26 anniversaries

Truman

1775 - The postal system is established by the Second Continental Congress.

1947 - President Harry Truman signs the National Security Act, establishing the Defense Department, the NSA, the CIA and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

1948 - Truman signs an executive order ending racial segregation in the armed forces.

1952 - Argentina's first lady, Eva Peron, dies of cancer at  33 in Buenos Aires.

1990 - President George H.W. Bush signs into law the Americans With Disabilities Act.

2005 - The Space Shuttle Discovery is launched from Florida, marking the first U.S. spaceflight since the Columbia disaster.

July 26 birthdays

Beckinsale

  • Rolling Stone Mick Jagger, 69
  • Actress Helen Mirren, 67
  • Figure skater Dorothy Hamill, 56
  • Actor Kevin Spacey, 53
  • Actress Sandra Bullock, 48
  • Actor Jeremy Piven, 47
  • Actress Kate Beckinsale, 39
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  1. banasy©

    Mick Jagger is 69.
    Huh.
    He doesn't look a day over 92.

    July 25, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jay jay

    Yup. See what a healthy diet and a drug free lifestyle gets you. Lol

    July 25, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hey, Jay jay.
      Don't even get me started on Keith Richards, who has been clinically dead since 1972, lol...

      July 25, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Burbank

    Considering the drought and how it will raise food prices, possibly even cause a famine if it happens again next year; I don't think it's very appropriate to waste food by blowing it up. Those two might have the Karma Train stopping at their own homes before very long! Same with punkin' chunkin' the mass tomato throwing in Europe and so on. I don't think I'd want to attract that kind of lesson if I were those people.! It they do get a lesson, they sure won't get any pity from me!

    July 25, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sunny in ak

    Here is another neat little trick that blows up really good also. Take a hard boiled egg that has been peeled and refridgerated, put it in a small bowl, microwave it for (3) seconds, (3) times in a row only. Now take it outside to your picknik table, put on an apron and cut into it. Watch the mess it makes.

    July 25, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    @banasy
    Mick Jagger
    I-can't-no-oooh-sat-iss-faction.

    July 25, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      @Jeff Frank:
      I think he had had plenty of satisfaction, given how many children he has...

      July 25, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    SO not going there, JF...

    July 25, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rascal Rabble

    dr. phil...lol...whattabout fruitloops? are they good foryah? i like mie fruitloops...when is the best time to eat mie fruitloops?

    July 25, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    @banasy
    Oh I was just *kidding*.

    July 25, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    @banasy
    They said on NBC news we're going to lose *weekly reader*, after, I think they said 70 years of publication. No doubt to computers.

    July 25, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Phillip, your a coniseur of fine dinning. What happens when you pop open a can of cream of celery and mix it with 1 can of water and heat it, then eat it.

    July 25, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    A human, like any animal, has a natural elimination cycle at the end of the digestive cycle.
    The natural elimination cyle for humans begins about sunrise. If you sh/t more than every morning, you are simply eating more than your fair share.
    The earth only produces X amount of food, and millions are starved to death. Y are we USians eating so much and pooping as many as 3 times per day?

    July 25, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. wretched excess

    'nuff said. hage

    July 25, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    @Jeff Frank:
    Oh, darlin'n I HOPE you were kidding, because someone like
    @Jay jay: ROTFLMFAO!!

    Oops, Jeff:
    Are you talking about "My Weekly Reader", the ones for kids?
    Aw.
    I read that when I was young...

    July 25, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. wretched excess

    That's NOT a "problem child". That is a child whom has been exposed to adult monsters somewhere along the line.
    DON'T drug your own child. Seek help, not drugs. ty, and hage. 🙂 (have a good evening, fellow blahgurs. Hagefb, he he)

    July 25, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    Still cracking up over Jay jay's...um...dilemma...

    July 25, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
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