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Senator Lindsey Graham shows how to smash your phone

Technically Incorrect: After Donald Trump revealed the senator's cell phone number, the phone had to be destroyed. But how to do it properly?

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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He swings. And he doesn't miss. IJREview/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

There are times when your phone just has to go.

You might have scratched it once too often. You might have become fed up with its operating system. Or you might have had Donald Trump tell the world your number.

This last possibility is what happened to Republican presidential candidate Senator Lindsey Graham, CNN reported. It was all part of a spat that involved words like "idiot" and "jackass" -- epithets that some would feel are appropriate to most politicians.

Graham started getting all sorts of calls. This was too much. Worse, his device was a Verizon Samsung flip phone. So with the help of the Independent Journal Review, Graham gave his phone a ceremonial sendoff.

Actually, he tried to find the most amusing way to destroy it.

Each option was brutally merciless. He conducted a one-politician shock and awe campaign against a phone that, let's face it, had done no wrong.

It had presumably rung for him dutifully, displayed messages clearly and fit snugly into pants of whatever tightness.

In return, Graham tried to blend it, drop it from a great height, chop it in two, burn it, bring a rock down upon it and smite it with a golf club.

A phone's life isn't an easy one, as CNET readers have gleefully pointed out. So I invite smartphones to be prepared and scared. For Graham tweeted on Tuesday: "Probably getting a new phone. iPhone or Android?"