What exactly do you use a Phonebook for?

I haven't had a telephone line with the local telephone company for at least four years yet just this week I got a phone book delivered to my mailbox.  How does that happen?  Does everyone get a phone book regardless of their subscriber status?  I remember in the days when I worked for a large company that phone books were delivered on pallets so there would be one for everyone in the building.  When I used to have multiple telco lines in the house, I always got one phone book for each number and can even remember calling the phone company and asking for the missing copies when they weren't delivered.  Now, I get a phone book and I at least consider dropping it straight to the recycle bin.  My wife cautioned me that we may want the phone book should the power / internet go out to the house and we are unable to Google our way to the number we need.  I think I'd still use my Blackberry and Google rather than a phone book, but maybe she is right.

What do you use a phone book for?  I suspect there are both intended and unintended uses for it, as there always have been.  I did look through the new phone book to see who still advertises in it.  I might find that tidbit useful one day.  I might even use the old phone book pages to light my charcoal grill.  Got any other suggestions?

ps: Non-Googlers are invited to post their comments via Friendfeed as I also watch there.

About Phil Yanov

Phil Yanov is a Technologist, Columnist and Public Radio Commentator.

He is the founder of Tech After Five as well as the founder and President of the GSA Technology Council and the IT Leadership Council.

His personal technology column appears in Greenville Business Magazine and the Columbia Business Journal.

He co-hosts the Your Day technology shows heard on NPR radio stations across South Carolina and is a frequent contributor to technology stories appearing on radio and television.