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Today is 6-6-06. If you have hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia then you are very creeped out today. A BBC article about hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia and today's date says a group of 2,000 Dutch evangelicals are holding a prayer vigil today to ward off evil.
Dutch evangelical Christians are to hold a round-the-clock prayer vigil to ward off the forces of evil on Tuesday - the so-called Devil's Day.

They believe that the sixth day of the sixth month of 2006 has great significance for evil-doers and Satanists who revere the number 666.

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The reference to 666 is taken from the Biblical book of Revelation, which talks about the events leading to the end of the world.

Revelation 13:18 states: "If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666."
ABC News also has a 666 and 6-6-06 news story and The Boston Herald lists some corporate 666 superstitious incidents like when "Intel introduced the 666 MHz Pentium III in 1999, the company called it Pentium III 667."

We only found 144 posts about hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia on Technorati but there are over 46,000 English language posts for the number 666. Here are a few more items of interest from around the blogosphere:

  • The marketers of the film, The Omen, have taken advantage of superstition surrounding 666 to open the movie today.

  • Metroblogging Los Angeles reports on 666 numbers that consumers often face: "There's a theory out there that the number 666 is encoded in every UPC seal on every product and item that carries one, thus marking everything and virtually everyone a product or byproduct of Satan (if it's on Google, it must be true.) And if any consumers out there have ever had a problem with PayPal, they can attest that if it isn't the work of the devil, it is at the very least a waiting room to hell."

  • WFMU's Beware of the Blog has compiled a list of 666-themed MP3s and Videos.

  • Startle Grams reports that some Moms are afraid their kids will be Devil's spawn if they are born today.

  • J-Walk has posted a big 666 warning.

  • John Derbyshire at The Corner examines a 666 definition from the David Wells's Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers.

  • Hell, Michigan is having a 666 party. (via Boing Boing). Yes, it is real place. Visit the website and click on the what's happening to learn more about the 666 party plans which include: live entertainment and costumes contests with prizes. Creepy Clyde will also perform spooky songs for the kids.

  • Archaeologists recently found ancient papyrus scrolls that contain a Book of Revelation passage that shows 666 is not the "number of the beast." The scrolls are older than any other Revelations texts. They indicate that 666 is actually not the mark of the beast. The real number to fear is 616.

    Update

    And, of course, 6-6-06 marks the 62nd anniversary of D-Day and the Invasion of Normandy in World War II. Some bloggers remembered here, here, here, here, here and here.


  • Posted on June 6, 2006











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