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It was a Telephonebookesaurus, to be exact.

A combined version of the "yellow pages" and the "white pages" or, as the latter could also be called, "people who still have a landline at home that isn't unlisted".
This year's version of the book is approximately 1/3 the size of last year's book but, back when telephonebookesauruses ran in large packs, our local species was about 5x larger than yesterday's discovery.

We humans are still chopping down trees to make paper and using that paper to produce an antiquated system of personal information collection, all in the name of advertising dollars. If there was ever a poor investment in advertising, by the way...
The pages of our last book never witnessed daylight or felt air across its ink, and this year's model is going straight into the recycling box.

Where is the meteor, to wipe out these relics of the past once and for all, when you need one?
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We have an "opt-out" system for phone book deliveries. Our local one must have been delivered recently, because I got a little card in the letter box thanking me for telling them I didn't want one.
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MABBY wrote:

Where is the meteor, to wipe out these relics of the past once and for all, when you need one?


Ironically, if a big enough meteor hit and wiped out a lot, then you just might need one.
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These books are created because businesses have been enticed to advertise in them. Probably some of them have opted for a standard yearly payment or something, so as long as the publisher produces those (very cheap to make) books, he receives money. Even if nobody wants them and the people who do pay probably don't even realize that they are doing it.

I think I opted out once, because I haven't seen them in years. Either that, or every time I find one on my front porch I immediately dumped them in the trash, thinking that I really should opt out and then forgetting about it.
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Opt out of phone books

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http://optout.ypg.com/

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https://www.directoryselect.com.au/action/home

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https://www.yellowpagesoptout.com/

UK
Apparently your providers are really determined to provide, and don't have web opt-outs. You need to make written requests to 3 different organisations, or there's a 3rd party website that will do it for you
http://www.junkbuster.org.uk/

Yes, in all cases you will need to submit your address details (otherwise how would they know which address not to deliver to). I can personally vouch for the Australian one, I registered with them several years ago and have been phone book free - you need to renew it every 3 years though.
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I can't remember the last time I looked at a phone book. It is a good tool for smashing spiders, however, so there is some utility
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Orangemoose wrote:
I can't remember the last time I looked at a phone book. It is a good tool for smashing spiders, however, so there is some utility

And propping up a niece or nephew at the dining room table, during holiday meals. laugh
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My problem is we get three different ones. We live 2 blocks into Raytown from Kansas City so we get the Raytown, Kansas City and for some reason Independence yellow pages. Just opted out of all of them. Thanks for posting the link.
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Come to think of it I've never received white pages phone books since I started living on my own. It might be because I don't have a landline, yet I still get the yellow pages. Interesting...
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I hung one in the toilet once, but they are insufficiently absorbent.
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Phone books are indispensable in my office. We use them to raise monitors.
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Cringing Dragon wrote:
Opt out of phone books

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https://www.yellowpagesoptout.com/

Thank you so much for this! They have always delivered multiple books to our driveway. Sometimes we get as many as 4 at one time, and they are always stacked in such a way that I either have to drive over them or get out of my car on the main road to pull in. I have always just dumped them into the recycling bin on the way into the house. Hopefully, this will keep them from cluttering up our driveway.
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mrbeankc wrote:
My problem is we get three different ones. We live 2 blocks into Raytown from Kansas City so we get the Raytown, Kansas City and for some reason Independence yellow pages. Just opted out of all of them. Thanks for posting the link.


We have the same problem. We officially live in KC, MO, where I-35 crosses Missouri state highway 1, but our kids attend North Kansas City schools (Thank God!). We get at least three sets of yellow/white pages every year: Metro KC, Clay County, and Platte County. We actually keep a copy of each one in the car (along with area maps) so we can look up addresses while driving around town, since neither my wife nor I own a smartphone.
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