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Remembering a line from decades ago

News coverage of gas rationing back East in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy reminded me of something I read ages ago.

It was during a gas crisis of one kind or another. And a columnist — either Russell Baker or Mike Royko — came up with an alternative rationing plan.

If your license plate ends in an odd number: You could get gas on odd-numbered days.

If your license plate ends in an even number: You could get gas on even-numbered days.

If you have a vanity plate: No gas.


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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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