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Mobile Monkeys Detoxed

10:50 AM -- London's Daily Mail reports on the successful treatment of cell-phone fever among my relatives:

    A troop of mischievous monkeys at London Zoo have had to be re-trained after showing too much interest in mobile phones.

    The ring tones and bright lights proved just too attractive to the squirrel monkeys in their new no-barrier enclosure.

    Visitors who held out their phones to video or take photographs attracted attention from the monkeys who attempted to take the object.

    A short training programme was developed which put an end to their interest and the monkeys are once again roaming their environment in a more natural state of play...

    Staff at the zoo used old mobile phones that some of the keepers donated and put sticky substances on them that squirrel monkeys don't like.
If only such a programme could be devised for humans, who are likewise enraptured by "the ring tones and bright lights." But it's doubtful: Those sticky substances have never kept people from using public pay phones.

— Larry, Mischievous Monkey, Light Reading

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