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.
Canards, lies and distortions are spread by repetition on the Internet, even by individuals and groups you may trust, the availability of fact-checking sites notwithstanding. University of Southern California psychology professor Jesse Graham says people have different motivations yet they all think that the truth is on their side:
It just spreads like a virus and no amount of debunking seems to stop it. It's frustrating to anybody that really cares about our democracy, that really wants this to be a civilized conversation, and that we can as a nation sort of agree on the direction to move our country forward.
Having lived in a very cozy 214-square-foot East Village studio apartment for 13 years, CNN iReporter Kristen Booth says tight quarters are a given for New Yorkers.
"When I first moved in, I loved it. Heating and air conditioning costs are significantly less. It doesn't take nearly as much to keep the temperature right," she says. "Small spaces force one to not be a hoarder, though sometimes I still feel that way. Also, it generally proves that we really don't need as much as we think we do to live right. But I'd like to live a little larger at this point and have a bubble bath!"
CNN Detroit affiliate WDIV reports that kindhearted people have pledged more than $15,000 to help Niko, a dog who was shot in the face Saturday by a home intruder. Niko's owner, Gail King, also was shot but is out of the hospital, and the only thing on her mind now is her loyal yellow Lab.
The revelation that some airlines are cutting legroom in coach class to make higher-paying customers more comfy doesn't sit well with many CNN.com readers.
Wow, what a perfect indicator of the growing inequity in wealth in the U.S. More (legroom/money) for the rich, less (legroom/money) for the middle class.
Yeah, because those of us who work 60+ hours a week just to survive don't deserve standard legroom, we deserve to donate some of our legroom to the wealthy. I'm getting somewhat sick of doing the best I can and STILL getting screwed over every inch of the way.
Let no one ever again claim CNN is biased. The producer of the CNN Daily Mash-up is a graduate of Michigan State University, and yet presents without comment the following video, which is sympathetic to a family of (shudder) University of Michigan fans. Case closed.
His lawsuit against the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency having been thrown out last week, cycling legend Lance Armstrong has until Thursday to either take the case to arbitration, where all testimony and evidence will be public, or accept the agency's lifetime ban and the vacating of most of his racing victories, including seven Tours de France.
The Federal Housing Finance Agency's next quarterly Home Price Index will be released Thursday. The HPI is calculated using home sales price information from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac-acquired mortgages.
August 23 anniversaries
1926 - Silent film star Rudolph Valentino dies of complications from a perforated stomach ulcer at the age of 31 in New York.
1939 - Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union sign a nonaggression pact. (It didn't work out.)
1990 - Saddam Hussein appears on Iraqi state television with a number of what he called Western "guests" to try to prevent the Gulf War.
2003 - Former priest and convicted child molester John Geoghan is killed while imprisoned in Shirley, Massachusetts.
August 23 birthdays
– Actress Vera Miles, 83
– Actress Barbara Eden, 78
– Ballerina Patricia McBride, 70
– Actress Shelley Long, 63
– Singer/actor Rick Springfield, 63
– Actor Jay Mohr, 42
– Basketball star Kobe Bryant, 34
– Olympic swimming medalist Natalie Coughlin, 30