August 22nd, 2012
06:27 PM ET

Daily Mash-up: Tell the truth, shame the devil

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.

The truth about lies

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.

Living large in a small space

Kristen Booth stretches out in her East Village apartment.

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!"

People rally around dog shot in face

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.

'I like my life to be sideways'

They move their tails, but you can't move your feet

The revelation that some airlines are cutting legroom in coach class to make higher-paying customers more comfy doesn't sit well with many 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.

5-year-old busted for Michigan gear

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.

On the horizon: Lance Armstrong deadline, home price report

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

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  1. saywhat

    Good morning all.
    Thanks @bobcat. This nation is the guy on the beach with the Congress passing by cruising and making merry.
    Drinking and skinny dipping in foreign lands to their hearts desire, junkets galore, obliging all and sundry but that poor guy stranded on the beach.

    Faux News runs on ideology and propaganda and CNN goes along with reporting what is allowed by design.

    August 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    To all of supermans cnn blogging family: He said to tell you all ty for your support and well wishes. He is on his way back down now. There have been a few minor medical issues so plz keep him and his team in your thoughts today.

    August 23, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • saywhat

      Thanks @chrissy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to@superman.

      August 23, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    "responsible government " as @Portland tony said.

    August 23, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Also i will let him give you the updates on the placing of the troll doll, as there is no way i can articulate it in his words. Lol im sure MOST of you can understand and get the general picture. And to marcos, if youre reading this, i hope you are well.

    August 23, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. raven

    Hey, chrissy! I was talking about the woman who carved slurs into herself, then blamed three masked men,claiming it was a hate crime because of her orientation. And thanks for the update. If you're reading this,hello superman ( and friends). Wasn't that a cartoon? Superman and friends?? And hello.m.s.. did you see the Mr.( ahem) Bean thread?

    August 23, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sinfully Yours

    CNN, please tell me why you feel Koby Bryant's birthday is so much more important than the rest of the list for today's birthdays that you felt compelled to bold his name?

    August 23, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    ty @ raven. Superman update: per Javier, the mountain monkey (superman) is descending quickly and they left a laptop for him @ l5,000 ft because he is having * blogging withdrawals!* lmfao

    August 23, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    Ty @ saywhat, i am talking to him now. He will be posting soon. Hope youre having a great day! 😉

    August 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hamsta

    Hey chrissy remember my comment about the anarchists, now a judge is warning of civil war if Obama is re elecyed. That's how far things can go when a president uses the media to brainwash the common piblic.The yea party pit their point across civilly against government Intrusion, ovsrregulation and overtaxation., the government chose not to listen and demonized the tea party in return. That is exactly how the American revelution was started. Thomas Jefferson saod ywo tjings that pertain to this: 1tyranny is when the citizens fear the gpbetnmemy and freedom is when yhe government fears the citizens. 2freedom stops when those who don't work oitweigh those that do work. There is some truth for you.

    August 23, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    @ hamsta, i did briefly see something about a texas judge warning of a civil war. I didnt have time to check it out thoroughly, and i was a little uninterested because i detest GWB so much. But i will now that youve brought it up. Be back in a bit.

    August 23, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    @ hamsta, ok i read the article and i dont think there is much substance to it. The judge himself said his comments were taken out of context. Maybe a little too much to drink i think. For one thing i DONT believe OBAMA will turn the US over to the UN.

    August 23, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    Also Judge Tom Head, is a republican and its election year, which includes judges, and hes trying to justify to his consti tuents, his backing of a very large tax increase in his county. Grasping at straws i would say, and hes backpedelin like crazy now.

    August 23, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
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