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. chrissy

    Good evening @ banasy, Jay Jay and Jeff Frank. And im still laughing at the pot calling the kettle black. Roflmao!

    July 25, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hey, chrissy!
      Whassup?

      July 25, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Awwww...maybe some "Sleepytime Tea" is in order, now that you've fixed your AC...as bc(iah) would say..."Enhance your calm"...

    July 25, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Yup drinkin some right now of course. Gosh i love that stuff, have you tried it?

    July 25, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Hmmm (groan) looks like i better make me a pot of it!

    July 25, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    @banasy
    The *weekly reader* for the kids
    @phillip
    I got 7min. left to tell you. Cream of Celery is "used" within cooking. If you ingest it "as a soup", you'll be like a little monkey thats been fed a box of Ex-Lax. This is "gauranteed" to clean you out.

    July 25, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    ...other than that, good evening, Ladies. See ya tomorrow. (don't forget to catch the "Colorado Shooter & Medications" program tonight with Dr. Tracy. One would think you might be interested in this, b/c CNN ain't gonna tell you about medication being the only gun really used.. But it is, and it has been proven beyond the shadow of a doubt. (literally, in court)

    July 25, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mary

    Btw, Why is it that the police did a mock drill in a suburb of Denver that hypothesized a sinaro exactly the same as what happened in theater on the same day?
    Remember the same thing happened on 911, they did the same drill same sinaro
    Hmmm !

    July 25, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    I got 3min left. That little diddy he did in court the other day is "all part of the act".
    Talk you good people maybe an hour and twenty minutes. Bye! 😉

    July 25, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Bye, Jeff!
      'Til we meet again...lol.

      July 25, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    @chrissy:
    Yes, I've tried it.
    Lovely stuff.

    @Jeff Frank:
    That's what I thought.
    Sad.
    I used to enjoy it, as did my kids when they were smaller.
    And thanks for the celer soup tip; I'll be staying away from *that*...

    July 25, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Oops, hey Jeff...meant *celery* soup..

      July 25, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Ttyl, love.
    Get some rest.
    You deserve it.

    July 25, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Matt

    Making fun of people who have speech impediments is not mature at all. Deliberately misspelling words makes you look ignorant., and makes anything you say not to be believed...is this your desired result? You acheived it. You look ludicrous.

    Sleep it off, you're either stoned or drunk.

    July 25, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bill

    What in the heck are you talking about?

    July 25, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. s kel

    humm nothing on Detroit firefighters on here?

    July 25, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bill

    What? I can't make heads nor tails from this! What are you talking about?

    July 25, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Name*Roxy

    I see there are no moderators on duty, because the posts at 10:14, 10:25, and 10:32 are offensive.

    July 26, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
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