World News Behind the Scenes: 9/24/2012

From the cute and cuddly to the unconventional and awe-inspiring, here's a look at the photos, videos and characters that have our newsroom talking today.

9:30 a.m. ET Clifford Turns 350 in Dog Years The children's book "Clifford the Big Red Dog" is celebrating its 50th birthday. As part of the festivities, the publishing company Scholastic has launched a mobile app and a website.

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10:45 a.m. ET Toy Train in Space Ron Fugelseth might just be the coolest dad ever. He sent his son's beloved toy train, Stanley, on a trip to outer space by attaching it to a weather balloon along with an HD camera and an old cell phone for GPS tracking. After recovering Stanley from a corn field 27 miles away, Fugelseth put together a video of the trip, bringing the toy to life using Photoshop and After Effects.

12:30 p.m. ET 'Star Wars' Baby Some lucky parents have found the magical solution to calming down their screaming baby - "the Force." Amy and Gaston Leyack had tried everything to make their 4-month-old baby stop crying, but it wasn't until the "Star Wars" theme song came on their iPod that baby Sebastian calmed down. And now any time their baby is fussy, the Leyacks turn to the Force for help.

2:30 p.m. ET Olympic Surprise

Olympic beach volleyball champion Kerri Walsh Jennings really can do it all - she was five weeks pregnant when she won her third straight gold medal at the London Olympics. She and her husband, Casey Jennings, announced today that they are expecting their third child on April 9. Walsh Jennings was unaware that she was pregnant during the games but her longtime teammate, Misty May-Treanor, was suspicious all along. She even suggested Walsh Jennings was pregnant when she wasn't quite herself at the games. Image credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
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