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   Phone book company agrees to settle a lawsuit over its placement of a Montana restaurant in the "Animal Carcass Removal" section of its yellow pages. In other news, what's a phone book?

25 Nov 2012 09:37 AM   |   3285 clicks   |   Gainesville Sun
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Generation_D    [TotalFark]  
Phone book: that thing we used to have to look sh*t up in before the internet. Get rid of it.

25 Nov 2012 08:53 AM
Barfmaker    [TotalFark]  
I don't even know my friend's phone numbers anymore, it's been years since I've had to do anything but touch their name on the screen to call them.

25 Nov 2012 09:34 AM
KrispyKritter     
millions of telephone number books distributed across America annually. bring in billions in advertisement revenue. responsible for employing thousands of tax payers. subby has never seen one.

/867-5309

25 Nov 2012 09:42 AM
Oldiron_79     
I don't get the hate for phone books, I can usually find something in it faster than whomever is ridiculing me for using it can get google loaded on their smart phone

25 Nov 2012 09:43 AM
abhorrent1     
In other news, The phone book has an "Animal Carcass Removal" section.

25 Nov 2012 09:44 AM
invisbob     

Oldiron_79: I don't get the hate for phone books, I can usually find something in it faster than whomever is ridiculing me for using it can get google loaded on their smart phone


Same here. I don't have or want a smart phone. I can look something up in a phone book long before firefox even opens to search.

25 Nov 2012 09:46 AM
Lee Bruns     
Hipster thread

25 Nov 2012 09:47 AM
elffster     
How is that not food?

One guy I know stuck a deer in his freezer at his Messican restaurant....

25 Nov 2012 09:48 AM
Macular Degenerate     

invisbob: Oldiron_79: I don't get the hate for phone books, I can usually find something in it faster than whomever is ridiculing me for using it can get google loaded on their smart phone

Same here. I don't have or want a smart phone. I can look something up in a phone book long before firefox even opens to search.


So what happens when you need to look something up from a different state, or for a business that doesn't even have a physical presence like Amazon or eBay? I'm no smart-phone fanboi but, good god man. Enjoy your buggy whips.

25 Nov 2012 09:51 AM
rjakobi     

abhorrent1: In other news, The phone book has an "Animal Carcass Removal" section.


And apparently, that's considered the politically correct term. Roadkill removal is too offensive.

25 Nov 2012 09:54 AM
Eirik     
I showed my 9 year-old a phone book the other day. She had no idea what it was.

A few months back, a rep from one of the companies came to sell me advertising in one. After he left, I asked the 80 year-old woman in the waiting area the last time she'd used one to look up a number. She said that she just used the internet.

/Won't waste the money.

25 Nov 2012 09:57 AM
Nick Nostril     
Phone books: front-porch-delivered fire starter material. I think it's a fantastic concept.

/yes, that's what I use them for

25 Nov 2012 09:58 AM
Oldiron_79     
Macular Degenerate: invisbob: Oldiron_79: I don't get the hate for phone books, I can usually find something in it faster than whomever is ridiculing me for using it can get google loaded on their smart phone

Same here. I don't have or want a smart phone. I can look something up in a phone book long before firefox even opens to search.

So what happens when you need to look something up from a different state, or for a business that doesn't even have a physical presence like Amazon or eBay? I'm no smart-phone fanboi but, good god man. Enjoy your buggy whips.


Actually I do enjoy buggy whips, although for bedroom purposes rather than buggy purposes

25 Nov 2012 09:58 AM
Johnson     
my wife is a Realtor®™©
guess what people new to the area ask her for?

#1 on the list. go on, guess.

25 Nov 2012 10:00 AM
luktti     

Eirik: /Won't waste the money.


It just might get you on Jay Leno!

25 Nov 2012 10:00 AM
wildlifer     
The phone book is for businesses that refuse to believe people use the Internet to look up their company before doing business with them. Hey business owner, hire a hipster to create a google+ or Facebook page for you. Then post your FULL contact info, and check back often.

25 Nov 2012 10:01 AM
ZAZ    [TotalFark]  
In other news, what's a phone book?

If you read beyond the opening of the article you will find the phrase "online directory" which should be sufficient for the learning-impaired snowflakes overpopulating the modern world.

25 Nov 2012 10:07 AM
cryinoutloud    [TotalFark]  

Macular Degenerate: So what happens when you need to look something up from a different state, or for a business that doesn't even have a physical presence like Amazon or eBay? I'm no smart-phone fanboi but, good god man. Enjoy your buggy whips.


I look those up on the internet, duh. Also some of us are not walking around with a smartphone glued to our person 24 hours a day, but we might find ourselves needing a phone number while we're not right next to a computer. For local stuff, I can also get a better feel for the business, and usually find it faster, using my FREE phonebook that gets thrown up against the door every year anyway.

An internet search doesn't classify things as well, businesses are put into different groups on every different website you search, and you end up making phone calls to the business to find out exactly what it is that they do anyway after you find them on the internet--at least, that's what happened to me the last time I needed a certain business and I was out of town. Turned out that the "auto repairs" shops I was looking for were actually a farm equipment place, a muffler store, and a place that only did body work. A phone book usually has all that information right there in front of you.

Carrying around a little lighted screen with you and using it constantly doesn't actually make you smarter than everyone else. That's just marketing.

25 Nov 2012 10:10 AM
Nakito     
A phone book is, by far, the best hyperlocal filter. Almost every business listed in the phone book has a local physical presence and is not faking it. Most also are enduring businesses that have persistence over time. These factors can be useful when you need a credible local specialty shop instead of some virtual vaporcorp that happens to be good at tweaking Google search algorithms.

25 Nov 2012 10:12 AM
DrunkenInsomniac     
Phone books don't leave bruises

25 Nov 2012 10:14 AM
AdrienVeidt     

Johnson: my wife is a Realtor®™©
guess what people new to the area ask her for?

#1 on the list. go on, guess.


A bj?

25 Nov 2012 10:14 AM
Oldiron_79     
Nakito: A phone book is, by far, the best hyperlocal filter. Almost every business listed in the phone book has a local physical presence and is not faking it. Most also are enduring businesses that have persistence over time. These factors can be useful when you need a credible local specialty shop instead of some virtual vaporcorp that happens to be good at tweaking Google search algorithms.

THIS

25 Nov 2012 10:15 AM
whollyholeyholy     
I just recycled a few the other day when I realized they had never been looked at and were just wasting space. I'm sure the point is valid that they highlight the local businesses, but I would probably ask the long time residents for advice via Facebook and check Yelp! as well. Some local maps went out with the phone books.

25 Nov 2012 10:22 AM
ZAZ    [TotalFark]  
These factors can be useful when you need a credible local specialty shop instead of some virtual vaporcorp that happens to be good at tweaking Google search algorithms.

GPS coordinate to place name mapping often leads to place names I have never heard of. In that case I go to Google. If the first page of search results is primarily ads offering "meet singles in Northwest Farkistan" and "houses for sale in Northwest Farkistan" the place is a forgotten dot on a century-old USGS map. It was revived when somebody fed a list of every place name in America into a sales computer. So thanks to all those sales guys, you not only helped answer a question you also told me something about your web sites.

Sometimes the places are real and in current use.  I overlooked them.

25 Nov 2012 10:22 AM
Raithun     

Johnson: my wife is a Realtor®™©
guess what people new to the area ask her for?

#1 on the list. go on, guess.


A home in both their price range and a reasonable neighborhood?

25 Nov 2012 10:26 AM
jayhawk88    [TotalFark]  
A phone book is ~3 pounds of recycling some thoughtless person throws on my driveway every 6 months or so.

25 Nov 2012 10:27 AM
jayhawk88    [TotalFark]  

Johnson: my wife is a Realtor®™©
guess what people new to the area ask her for?

#1 on the list. go on, guess.


A listing of swinger in the area?

25 Nov 2012 10:29 AM
Psycoholic_Slag     
Phone books soaked in water make great "poor man's" ballistic jelly.

25 Nov 2012 10:33 AM
cats4rent     
the road-kill cafe?

25 Nov 2012 10:38 AM
meerkat     

Johnson: my wife is a Realtor®™©
guess what people new to the area ask her for?

#1 on the list. go on, guess.


Anal?

25 Nov 2012 10:49 AM
Wasilla Hillbilly     

Johnson: my wife is a Realtor®™©
guess what people new to the area ask her for?

#1 on the list. go on, guess.


ca...carcass removal?

25 Nov 2012 10:50 AM
talkertopc     

invisbob: Oldiron_79: I don't get the hate for phone books, I can usually find something in it faster than whomever is ridiculing me for using it can get google loaded on their smart phone

Same here. I don't have or want a smart phone. I can look something up in a phone book long before firefox even opens to search.


I just did a quick test, it took me 30 seconds to fire up firefox, google local bbq place and load up menu and phone number. When I receive the phone book I throw it right away in the recycling bin.
There is one local pizzeria that I know of that do not have a web presence. I used to order from there all the time before the internet, now its competitors get my business as I do not want to encourage Luddites.

25 Nov 2012 11:06 AM
jtown     
I've received 3 different phone books this year. Probably because I live in an area dominated by people 50 and up.

.,,a listing the restaurant owner says cost him customers and made him the butt of a Jay Leno joke.

These two claims are contradictory. No reasonable person is going to think the restaurant sells roadkill and many reasonable people would be amused enough to go check out the "roadkill restaurant" just to see what it's really all about.

25 Nov 2012 11:12 AM
DrunkenInsomniac     

Johnson: my wife is a Realtor®™©
guess what people new to the area ask her for?

#1 on the list. go on, guess.


Homeopathic remedies for herpes?

25 Nov 2012 11:37 AM
litespeed74     
I'm thinking the owner should have run with this. Make use of the national noteriety and play off the blunder. look at the botched painting in Spain and their success.

25 Nov 2012 12:18 PM
Aarontz23     

Johnson: my wife is a Realtor®™©
guess what people new to the area ask her for?

#1 on the list. go on, guess.


If she fixes the stable?

25 Nov 2012 12:29 PM
Clemkadidlefark     
Now that's a reason to sue

25 Nov 2012 12:35 PM
ReapTheChaos     
Using the internet to look up the local Dominos pizza or Wal-Mart would most likely be faster, but finding local businesses is a lot easier and faster in the phone book.

Also, most of those online phone listings just list the business name and number, not necessarily what they do. As an example, type in attorney and all your going to get is a long ass list of names and numbers, then spend hours calling around to find one who's board certified in tax law. If you think that's fast or easy go right on with your bad self, I'll flip open the phone book and have the info in about 30 seconds.

25 Nov 2012 12:54 PM
Solstice     

ReapTheChaos: Using the internet to look up the local Dominos pizza or Wal-Mart would most likely be faster, but finding local businesses is a lot easier and faster in the phone book.

Also, most of those online phone listings just list the business name and number, not necessarily what they do. As an example, type in attorney and all your going to get is a long ass list of names and numbers, then spend hours calling around to find one who's board certified in tax law. If you think that's fast or easy go right on with your bad self, I'll flip open the phone book and have the info in about 30 seconds.


Just on a lark I tried it. However I actually used a real search. Specifically, attorney, tax law, [my city name]. Had it in less than 10.

25 Nov 2012 01:42 PM
betelgeux     
This is why all low-brow workers are to be replaced with robots. It's too costly a gamble to have some pulpy bag of meat with petty issues and human desires working for your organization. Just think of all the lawsuits that result from people doing dumb-assed things while representing your business interests. Teachers porking their students, TSA stealing right out of hand carry luggage, N-word printed on receipts, guy ejaculating in yogurt samples at grocery store, police planting evidence on a suspect right in front of dozens of onlookers with cell phones. This happens a thousand times a day and we only hear about the really good ones.

This doesn't mean that professional types are immune from it either, astronaut lady wears nasty diapers so she can abduct romantic rival, dentists feeling up patients when they're under anesthesia, principals playing grab-ass with their secretaries in front of students. I for one welcome our new era of perfect automaton workers and would like to render these worthless humans into gear grease for these efficacious machines.

25 Nov 2012 02:01 PM
safetycap     

ReapTheChaos: Using the internet to look up the local Dominos pizza or Wal-Mart would most likely be faster, but finding local businesses is a lot easier and faster in the phone book.

Also, most of those online phone listings just list the business name and number, not necessarily what they do. As an example, type in attorney and all your going to get is a long ass list of names and numbers, then spend hours calling around to find one who's board certified in tax law. If you think that's fast or easy go right on with your bad self, I'll flip open the phone book and have the info in about 30 seconds.


Yeah, go ahead and look up "auto, mechanic" in your bundle of dead trees. Now determine the closest one to your present location.

Do the same thing with teh interwebs.

Boom, headshot. Phonebooks are a symbol of a decayed era, gratefully forgotten.

25 Nov 2012 02:20 PM
spawn73     

Oldiron_79: I don't get the hate for phone books, I can usually find something in it faster than whomever is ridiculing me for using it can get google loaded on their smart phone


So, you carry a phonebook around?

25 Nov 2012 02:51 PM
wambu     
Phone book: something to make little kids sit higher at the table.

Phone book: primer material for the recycle bin

Phone book: work-at-home opportunity (some delivery required)

Phone book: torn in half as an ancient strong-man prop; I-Phone hipsters unable to perform this feat

25 Nov 2012 03:34 PM
Quantumbunny     

Johnson: my wife is a Realtor®™©
guess what people new to the area ask her for?

#1 on the list. go on, guess.


Outside of the lovely snarky answers... are you going to tell us, or should I assume it's a Calendar with her contact info on it?

25 Nov 2012 03:46 PM
eljasbo     
I had a yellow pages salesman come to my office trying to sell me ad space. I told him i didnt want to use an obsolete marketing technology and would spend my dollars elsewhere. He then told me i need to become aware of the newest high tech modern advertising techniques and buy ad space. I couldnt stop laughing. I think i hurt his feelings.

25 Nov 2012 04:01 PM
Buttle not Tuttle     

Johnson: my wife is a Realtor®™©
guess what people new to the area ask her for?

#1 on the list. go on, guess.


To tell them how she managed to trademark and copyright her job title?

25 Nov 2012 04:31 PM
lordargent     
KrispyKritter: millions of telephone number books distributed across America annually. bring in billions in advertisement revenue. responsible for employing thousands of tax payers. subby has never seen one.

I'm in a condo, my building has 4 units. The phone company dumps four books outside of our units.

// One by one, we toss them into the dumpster that's for recyclables only.

// My land line is through the cable company, I don't even know what phone company is dumping that useless shiat on us.

// ditto for those 'free Sunday paper' people. aaaand that just reminds me, remember when you had to look in the paper or call your broker to find out what the price was on a stock. Just pages and pages of quotes, do they still print all of that shiat?

25 Nov 2012 05:54 PM
Loren     

Nakito: A phone book is, by far, the best hyperlocal filter. Almost every business listed in the phone book has a local physical presence and is not faking it. Most also are enduring businesses that have persistence over time. These factors can be useful when you need a credible local specialty shop instead of some virtual vaporcorp that happens to be good at tweaking Google search algorithms.


Yeah. When you want a local business that does <X> the phone book still is a very good source.

25 Nov 2012 06:22 PM
lordargent     
Nakito: A phone book is, by far, the best hyperlocal filter. Almost every business listed in the phone book has a local physical presence and is not faking it. Most also are enduring businesses that have persistence over time. These factors can be useful when you need a credible local specialty shop instead of some virtual vaporcorp that happens to be good at tweaking Google search algorithms.

Google is my biatch, so I'm good at tweaking those folks OUT of google search algorithms.

25 Nov 2012 06:57 PM
oukewldave     
Apparently all these supporters of phone books on here are unaware the actual phonebooks, or yellowpages as it were, are on the internet as well. you type in google what you are looking for and your city and viola! the same thing without flipping through pages with the bonus of possible reviews on the business. You old folks just need to let it go.

25 Nov 2012 07:38 PM
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