Five Facts About Phone Books

Your kids and mine are going to be too wireless and green even to know what a phone book is, so Palisadespete’s  Ten Facts About the Telephone Book doesn’t just tickle your trivia gland–it’s important historical preservation work!

Here are a few of them…

1.  The first phone book was published in 1878, the same year as Anna Karenina.

5.  The Guinness world record for the most telephone books ripped in half from the spine in two minutes is 33, set by Cosimo Ferrucci in 2010. Skip ahead to the 10-minute mark to watch him do it here:

7.  The City of Raleigh states that “even though the paper in telephone books has been recycled many times already and it no longer can be made into a paper product, they will be separated out at our contractor’s sorting facility to be recycled into other products such as animal bedding or insulation.”

9.  Especially brilliant actors are said to be able to give inspired readings even of the phone book. Here, Robin Williams does John Houseman doing so. (Huzzah, SCTV!):

10.  Phone books are associated with political filibusters, primarily due to Strom Thurmond using one in his historic longest Senate filibuster (24 hours, 18 minutes).  He was attempting to stop passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, BTW.

(Facts found at palisadespete, where you get 10 facts about something every day.)

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