07 Jul '11, 2pm

Here's something you don't hear everyday: Get yourself sterilized and win a free car

India has a massive and worsening overpopulation problem -- the country has added 181 million people in the last ten years. So health officials in the state of Rajasthan are trying to lure people into voluntary sterilization by taking advantage of one of humankind's biggest weaknesses: expensive sh*t. In a three-month program that they hope will attract 30,000 eager non-breeders, officials are offering cars, motorcycles, televisions, cash, and other incentives for people to put their junk under the knife. This is not the first time India has instituted payoffs for getting sterilized -- before this it was bikes and transistor radios, and before that it was irrigation water and electricity and so forth. For a rapidly overpopulating country in a rapidly overpopulating world, it makes some sense that the government would try extreme measures to encourage people not to breed. B...

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