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Out, Out, Damn Phone Book

How many phonebooks do we need a year? How many phonebooks end up as garbage, strewn along roadsides or in ditches because people are so sick and tired of getting umpteen phonebooks a year which take up space, especially when many of these people have smart phones which will get them the number a helluva lot faster than they'd ever find it pawing through the latest pile of phonebooks, trying to figure out if the book is for Coeur d'Alene or Sandpoint or if the book is just business numbers or numbers belonging to real people?/Marianne Love, Slight Detour. More here.

DFO: I was slightly annoyed while leaving the fair last week when a woman popped out of the darkness, appearing to be some sort of volunteer worker. I rolled down my window expecting to receive a coupon or other enticement to return -- and got a phone book thrust into my hands. I tossed it on the dash and, when I returned home, in the trash. The only phone book I use is the Hagadone one. And then not very much. Usually, I Google phone numbers. How about you?

Question: Who uses phone books out there?

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