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Survey: People hate to give up their phone NEW YORK, June 30 (UPI) -- Most Americans would rather give up alcohol for a week than give up their cell phone for the same time period, a survey conducted for Best Buy indicated.Nearly 60 percent of respondents said they'd rather abstain from drinking rather than put away their cell phones for a week, results released Tuesday of the survey by GFK Roper showed.

Respondents also said they'd rather give up television for a week, 33.1 percent; survive on bread and water, 11.5 percent; even have their teeth drilled by a dentist, 14.5 percent, than do without their mobile phone.The weekly survey of 1,000 adults for the big-box retailer also indicated consumers age 65-plus don't darken a mobile phone retailer's door -- 62.1 percent said they never shopped for a mobile phone.Thirty-seven percent said respondents said they text because they want to avoid long or tough conversations, while another 27.2 percent said they just don't like phone conversations.The biggest, baddest behavior involving a cell phone by far -- 51.4 percent -- reading a text while driving.

About a quarter of the respondents said they secretly read text messages of their significant others or their children.Boy, 2, has pack-a-day habitTIANJIN, China, June 30 (UPI) -- The parents of a 2-year-old in China who smokes at least a pack of cigarettes a day say they are seeking advice to help the toddler quit.Toddler Tong Liangliang of Tianjin, China, was allowed to begin smoking by his father more than a year ago to help control pain from a hernia with which he was born, but his parents say the toddler's habit has gotten out of control, China Radio International reported Tuesday.The boy's father said he made the decision because the toddler is too young to have an operation to correct the hernia.However, the parents told the Bohai Morning Post Liangliang's habit has gotten out of control and they are seeking methods of helping the toddler quit.Rhode Island moves to shorten formal namePROVIDENCE, R.I., June 30 (UPI) -- Rhode Island officials are pushing for a vote to let residents decide whether to shorten the state's formal name, which critics say is evocative of slavery.The state House of Representatives voted 70-3 to allow residents to vote on whether to shorten the name from State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations to simply "State of Rhode Island," WPRI-TV, Providence, R.I., reported Tuesday.The state Senate passed a similar bill, but the two houses must settle on a single version before it can go forward.Critics of the "Providence Plantations" portion of the state name say it is evocative of slavery, while opponents of the name change say it is an unnecessary abandonment of tradition, WPRI-TV said.Wash.

couple bring home baby giraffeSPOKANE, Wash., June 30 (UPI) -- A Washington state couple said they drove to Virginia and back for their latest exotic pet -- a 26-day-old giraffe.John and Jane Schreiner said they paid "a large, large sum" for Karson, a baby giraffe born at the Natural Bridge Zoo near Roanoke, Va., and arrived home with the animal Friday after a cross-country drive, The (Spokane, Wash.) Spokesman-Review reported Tuesday.The couple said Karson will live in their Spokane County home for about four months before moving to the 12,000-acre Schreiner Farms ranch, which John Schreiner co-owns with his brother Joe."He may be the only giraffe ever to be raised as a pet in Spokane," John Schreiner said.The ranch already houses three adult giraffes, in addition to zebras, bison and camels.The couple said they do not believe local officials will have any objection to Karson staying in their home while he grows."He's not a carnivore, which is the one concern the county and states are right to control people from raising," John Schreiner said.

"I can't see any reason we can't keep him.

He's intelligent, gentle and a wonderful creature," he said.



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