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?
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