August 1st, 2012
05:08 PM ET

Mash-up: Crop circles, Twitter Olympics

The CNN Daily Mash-up is a roundup of some of the most interesting, surprising, curious, poignant or significant items to appear on in the past 24 hours. We top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs from around the world.

Twitter Olympics change the game

CNN tech reporter John D. Sutter writes, "Wasn't this supposed to be the 'Twitter Olympics,' where everyone rejoiced in the digital-era magic of hearing directly from the world's best athletes and scrolling through a global, real-time conversation about what must be the planet's most 'Kumbaya'-like sporting event?"

Well, yes. But things don't always go as planned, as evidenced by some athletes' questionable tweets and the groundswell of digital criticism for NBC's coverage of the Games.

CNN readers have at least as many opinions about Twitter as they have about the Games.


Twitter is not one of those things that makes the world a better place.  Knowing people's knee-jerk reactions to things is not news, or even interesting.


It may not make the world a better place but it puts a real face on the world. People are just not as nice as they pretend to be.


Arab Spring? Just because it doesn't make -your- world a better place doesn't mean the end result isn't positive.


It's the thing the younger generation does not get....yet.  They are eons ahead of us old timers with the 2 ways about it.  But they don't yet understand the ramifications of the technology. Nothing happens in a vacuum. There are consequences for not understanding the public nature of all this technology. It's one thing to know how to drive a car.......quite another to understand "the rules of the road" however.

American pie

CNN iReporter Lynn Jones got pied herself at a big cream pie fight in Dallas.

During a bid to break the Guinness World Record for the largest shaving cream pie fight, CNN iReporter Lynn Jones joined more than 700 people in Dallas plastered in globs of shaving cream. Describing it as a chaotic, fun and party atmosphere, she says it was a thrilling event that she didn't want to miss.

"It was so much fun, and I would do this again in a heartbeat," she says. "One guy at one point said I didn't have enough shaving cream on me, so his pie went on the top of my head. I was laughing the entire time."

The truth is out there

Mysterious crop circles have appeared in a wheat field near Wilbur, Washington. CNN affiliate KXLY goes all X-Files on the story.

15-year-old deals with shocking adversity

A 15-year-old basketball player in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, is the youngest breast cancer patient ever treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, CNN affiliate WKRN reports. Ashley Roby was just 14 when she was diagnosed, and in February she underwent a bilateral mastectomy, with her family and her boyfriend, Jaelin, by her side. Since her operation, Ashley's scans have shown no need for additional radiation or chemotherapy. However, it the midst of it all, Ashley has had to deal with another tragedy.

Electric motorcycle can't tip over

Gore Vidal never shrank from a debate

Eclectic author Gore Vidal died Tuesday night at 86, leaving behind a body of work that chronicled American culture with a clear and often critical eye. Throughout his life, Vidal didn't shy away from controversy - either actively courting it or inviting it through his acerbic one-liners.

I've had hard targets in my lifetime, I've taken on general superstitions, but that's what writers do. So I certainly, wouldn't have changed my modus vivendi one bit.

On the horizon: Romney horse, GM earnings

Rafalca, the horse belonging to presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, will take part in the dressage competition Thursday at the Olympic Games in London. White House spokesman Jay Carney said President Barack Obama will be watching "if his schedule allows." The president is "interested in seeing every American entrant perform well, and he'll follow every event," Carney said.

A day after announcing that its sales fell from the same period last year, General Motors will report its second quarter financial results Thursday.

August 2 anniversaries

Churchill, Truman, Stalin at Potsdam

1923 - President Warren G. Harding dies and is succeeded by Calvin Coolidge.

1934 - Adolf Hitler becomes chancellor of Germany.

1945 - The Potsdam Conference between the leaders of the U.S., the Soviet Union and Britain ends with an agreement on a plan for postwar Europe.

1974 - Former Nixon White House counsel John Dean is sentenced to one to four years in prison after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice in the Watergate scandal.

1978 - The New York state health commissioner declares that the contaminated Love Canal in Niagara Falls poses an imminent threat to public health; evacuation of pregnant women and children begins.

1990 - The Iraqi army invades Kuwait, leading to the Persian Gulf War in 1991.

August 2 birthdays

Peter O'Toole

  • Actor Peter O'Toole, 80
  • Director Wes Craven, 73
  • Actress Joanna Cassidy, 68
  • Journalist James Fallows, 63
  • Author Caleb Carr, 57
  • Actress Mary-Louise Parker, 48
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  1. Portland tony

    It's over in the religion blog...with the rest of the superfluous stuff!

    August 1, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Squincher

    The "Cream Pie" story is just gross, especially the guy with white stuff all over his goggles.

    August 1, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    ...and Tony? Did you just call every single US President "superfluous"? (also candidate Romney who as a Mormon leader taught even children under 18 that Solomons old Temple would be rebuilt in N. America where Jesus would rule God's Kingdom)
    I'll give you Romney. But all the others who believe in hell too? You will first have to convince 1/2 of everyone that "hell" is a myth. K? he he. (ok. One more time. What HAVE you ladies done w/raven and Joey IF?) yawn

    August 1, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      You need to read the hogwash and Biblical quotes in the religion blog for the meaning of life and the juicy tenderness of Chic-Fil -A. 🙂

      August 1, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • KindaSortaTaliknForraven

      Raven reads the blogs. Ask yourself why she doesn't say anything anymore, Philip. And BS on the Jim Brieske thing. You stole his name just yesterday elsewhere. As for Joey, he's around. The"ladies" haven't done anything with them. It's not THEM that's the problem!

      August 2, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    Omg! Jim? Is that you?
    CompTroller test question: where are you from.
    I really hope it's the genuine Jim Brieske. I miss him more than Mehdi General Dr. Bad. Really. I do.

    August 1, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    Crudcakes. It's not the real Jim.
    "Damn it, Jim. I'm a politician. Not a doctor"-McCoy, after he was elected. he he

    August 1, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff Miller

    Democrats in more than a half dozen major cities have led the charge – slandering Chick-fil-A's owner and calling for all-out bans on the company's expansion efforts in places like Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and San Francisco. U call this Superfluous?? Okay......... I'm officially changing my 30 years as a Dem to Republican and my Wife and I are joining the Tea Party Movmnt. We simply cannot stand by and watch the Democratic Party's assault on our Beliefs any longer. And no, we are not trolls, we are fed up with this kind of hate.

    August 2, 2012 at 5:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      By belief this entire Chic-Fil-A religious issue was manufactured and exploited by the press along with a few unemployed activists. The owner of the company expressed his personal views. As far as I know, employees and franchise owners take no moral oath subscribing to any moralistic code. Nor does the company refuse service to the gay community. As far these politicians go, they are so wrong seeking cheap publicity as to be ludicrous. Chic-Fil-A chickens as well as The Colonel 's take no sides on this non-issue. Neither should we. I take no issue with the
      personal belief of a restaurant's
      management be it Jewish, Christian,
      Hindu, atheist, Muslim or Zoroastrian. Fast food is after all....just just fast food!

      August 2, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Southern mom

      Well said Jeff Miller! In Mobile, Alabama the Chic-fil-a had to close early because they ran out of food for the unbelievable amout of supporters that showed up! The lines were so long, and the wait was so long that the manager came out and gave away bottled water to the many waiting to place an order. He thanked them for the support. Very classy. Of course that wouldn't mesh with CNN's bashing agenda.

      August 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Southern mom

      So many people showed up in support of Chic-Fil-A in Mobile, Al. that they ran out of food! Too cool!

      August 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with my post thay would warrant moderation.

    August 2, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    I absolutely couldn't care less about Chik-fil-a anymore...this is bordering on the ridiculous...stop giving this so much press already!

    August 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Southern mom

    In Mobile, Alabama, people are just tired of the gay agenda being shoved down their throats; be it military, marriage, or where to it. It SILENT MAJORITY IS FED UP! No more shoving us around. EAT MORE CHICKEN!

    August 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
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