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Jun 2, 2011

Other uses for The Yellowbook/Yellow Pages/Other Phone Book

We all know it. The Yellow Book. We get it thrown at our doorsteps every so often and have absolutely no use for it these days with the advent of better technology. Often I see it just laying in other people's yards. Since they don't mail them, and simply placing them in the mailbox is illegal because mailboxes are the property of the US government the moment the box becomes in the use by the USPS, they just lie helplessly on the ground. Rather than just throwing them away there are other things you can do with a Yellow Book. Be creative.

How to rip a phone book in half.
  • The first thing is simply to recycle it. Don't leave it sitting in your lawn to be rained on or throw it away. Just recycle it. 
  • Use the pages as starter paper to a campfire. Although wood is used in campfires, many (more inexperienced) people use paper as a push to get the fire going. This will allow the kindling to catch fire and eventually catch the bigger pieces of wood for a full blown fire. 
  • Door won't stay open? Use the YellowBook as a door stop to welcome in guests or even a cool breeze. 
  • Do you have an uneven table, chair, or couch? Adjust the pages of the YellowBook to fit the height needed for your fix.
  • Doing work on your car? Use the YellowBook as a wheel chock so the car stays effortlessly in place as you work. 
  • Use it as a stand for common items around the house that need a boost!
  • Impress your friends by ripping the phone book in half like the video above. 
Update: You can actually opt out of getting the YellowBook if you'd like. Yellow Pages Opt Out

    2 Responses so far.

    1. Brett K. says:

      Just so you're aware of what the law actually says:

      In 1934, Congress enacted a law known as the “mailbox restriction” that
      prohibits anyone from placing mailable matter without postage into any
      mailbox. This law, 18 U.S.C. 1725, gives the Postal Service a virtual
      monopoly over mailboxes and currently reads as follows:

      “Whoever knowingly and willfully deposits any mailable matter such as statements of
      accounts, circulars, sale bills, or other like matter, on which no postage has been paid, in
      any letter box established, approved, or accepted by the Postal Service for the receipt or
      delivery of mail matter on any mail route with intent to avoid payment of lawful postage
      thereon, shall for each such offense be fined under this title.”

    2. Anonymous says:

      Funklescrooge says:

      1> collect books and old food processor. Make recycled paper for notes, art n cards.

      2> dip 10 page sections in beeswax or old cooking oil for firestarters, or to preheat woodstove flues.

      3> paper mache craft for kids, they love it and if they lose interest, just compost it.

      4> free packaging. peel, crumple, pack.

      5> keep in the boot (trunk?) of your car. wipe dipsticks, use in cold areas to warm up batteries (at own risk).

      6> combine with cheap white vinegar to clean glass... monitors, windscreen, windows. no lint or streaks.

      7> pick up cheap sello tape on sale and use yellow pages to make seed collecting envelopes.

      8> amuse younguns by making polumna n fuses. I know that's worthy of being on a federal watchlist these days, but it's fun.

      9> spitballs.

      10> keep handy for wounds, wrapping fresh produce for gifts, eggs, practice origami, make Japanese water bombs, or collect seed and combine the water bomb idea with seed saving n seed bomb your local green areas before or during the rainy produce and better than seeing weeds take over an area

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