August 16th, 2012
05:56 PM ET

Mash-up: Will you marry me?

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.

Creative proposals just keep on coming

Viral Internet videos seem to keep upping the ante for men who want to make marriage proposals in unusual ways. Tony Boga of Boston recruited his girlfriend's sisters to help round up a flash mob for his proposal at the Boston Public Library, CNN affiliate WHDH reports.

Meanwhile in Salt Lake City, a firefighter took advantage of his high position:

Not to be left out of the fun, CNN iReporter Jenifer Brennan of Hackettstown, New Jersey, was swept off her feet atop a Vermont mountain for yet another surprise proposal. She said her fiancé, Phil Crowley, spent more than a year planning the trip and had invited two of her best friends to come along with their husbands. While on a hike to the top of Mount Mansfield, a proposal was the last thing on her mind, she says.

Phil Crowley proposes to Jenifer Brennan atop Mount Mansfield in Vermont.

"I was in shock because I was not expecting it," she says. "I think public proposals are wonderful. It takes courage for a person to get on one knee and ask someone to marry them in the presence of others. Personally, once he was on his knee I lost sight of everyone and everything around me."

From the horse's mouth

In a piece written for, Jake Bronstein explains why he decided to propose to his girlfriend in a creative and public way.

The spectacle I made, and the special moment that came of it, and ultimately our marriage, was for Kristina and me. The total view count on all of the various copies of the video that people posted, copied, re-hosted and posted again, topped a million. But I didn't do it for them. I did it for us.

Man's best friend, abandoned

On the horizon: Punk band verdict, Whitney Houston movie

The three members of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot will learn their fate Friday when a judge in Moscow issues a verdict in their hooliganism case. They were charged five months ago after criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin in a song they sang at a Moscow cathedral. Prosecutors have asked for three-year prison terms, but supporters are expected to hold rallies all over the world Friday.

What was to have been Whitney Houston's comeback movie will open in theaters Friday. In "Sparkle," the late pop diva plays the mother of three singing daughters - including Sparkle, played by "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks - who rise to fame in the Motown era but must deal with personal troubles.

August 17 anniversaries

1863 - Union forces bombard Fort Sumter in South Carolina, site of the first battle of the Civil War in 1861.

President Bill Clinton

1915 - A hurricane kills 275 people in Galveston, Texas.

1939 - "The Wizard of Oz" opens at Loew's Capitol Theater in New York.

1955 - Hurricane Diane, following hurricane Connie, floods the Connecticut River, killing 190 and doing $1.8 billion damage.

1969 - Hurricane Camille kills 248 people along the Gulf Coast.

1987 - Convicted Nazi war criminal Rudolf Hess commits suicide in a Berlin prison.

1998 - President Bill Clinton admits having an inappropriate sexual relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky before a grand jury and later in a televised national address.

1999 - A magnitude 7.4 earthquake hits Turkey, killing more than 15,000.

August 17 birthdays

– Actress Maureen O'Hara, 92

– Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin, 86

Robert De Niro

– Author V.S. Naipaul, 80

– Baseball player John "Boog" Powell, 71

– Actor Robert De Niro, 69

–  Tennis player Guillermo Vilas, 60

– Singer Belinda Carlisle, 54

– Author Jonathan Franzen, 53

– Actor Sean Penn, 52

– French soccer player Thierry Henry, 35

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  1. Erik Young

    Did you know over 16,000 young people from the age of 6 months to 40 years were killed in Thailand during the 2002 war on drugs? The Permanent Secretary to The Minister of Justice had direct access to the total number of killings done by men dressed in black with balaclavas. Royal Thai Police got blamed but I believe it was others linked to Taliban, who now reside in Thailand and the heroin trade. These killers need to be identified and executed. Over 50% of the dead did not use any type of drugs. They wanted their IDs and assets.

    August 19, 2012 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. Erik Young

    I heard the heroin mafia which may include Taliban on black market Thai IDs, some OKcult who were framing people as paedophiles in Thailand (the OKcult originates from Woking Surrey UK) and people forcing scientology upon others had acquired two sub-marines from Russia. They had been spotted on the South Burma seashore by a sect with name bit like Akhars. Subsequently they obtained a patrol boat and threw 400 of these refugess to the sharks off Burma, those who died between 16 and 25 years old. The total figure may be 1200 thrown to the sharks. these monstrous criminal led victims to believe they were Royal Thai Navy.

    August 19, 2012 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. Erik Young

    This is a message for the people of Bangkok from Erik Young.
    The 3 month shoot to kill campaign which killed over 16,000 young Thais far more than the official UN figure of 2868 was firmly blamed on the Royal Thai Police. I have workked out who the RTP men in black body fit clothes with balaclavas came from who joined the RTP and the private mafia of the royal thai police who told them they were memers of the royal thai police.
    They were former taliban f ormer

    September 2, 2012 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
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