During December 2015 and January 2016 (at least for the first 15 days) Delhi (capital city of India) was in the news for the initiative called odd-even scheme which was in place to curb the ever increasing pollution due to the traffic. Delhi has seen a steady increase in air pollution over the years. So the authorities decided to introduce this scheme to reduce the number of vehicles on the road. How does this work? Let me not bore you with those details. You can check it out here in depth if you are interested. Long story short, the cars whose numbers end with an odd number should not be seen driving along with the ones that end with an even number on a day scheduled for an even number. FYI: Here in India, all vehicles do have numbers at the end. They can’t have names associated with it as in other countries.
Looks like this scheme isn’t unique or even new. Various countries have adopted this whenever they have had to deal with the traffic and pollution. Mostly the developing countries. It was called Road space rationing. Looks like even Julius Caesar used it during his days back then and I quote from the Wikipedia,
The earliest known implementation of road space rationing took place in Rome, as carriages and carts pulled by horses created serious congestion problems in several Roman cities. In 45 B.C., Julius Caesar declared the center of Rome off-limits between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. to all vehicles except for carriages transporting priests, officials, visitors, and high ranking citizens.
Not exactly the odd-even scheme, but still it was rather smart of him heh.
Now let me end it with a well known brain teaser
I am an odd number; take away an alphabet and I become even. What number am I?
Answer: Seven! 😉
Post for this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt.
Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “odd/even.” Use one, use both, use ’em any way you’d like! Enjoy!