In Sanity We Trust
An early morning gathering watches the sunrise on Midsummer's Day at Stonehenge.
Tripple six day seems to have passed without incident. It certainly wasn't the armageddon that some were expecting (praying for?). In any case after the week I've just had I hereby designate June 1006 "Hell Month". Chief frustrations included:
- Inclement weather
- Intermitant mechanical faults (largely the result of item one) that come right just as the mechanic puts his gloves on.
- The inevitable conclusion of one and two combined, especially when it happens out in the middle of nowhere.
- Spam, Viruses and Trojans. Surely there's a space reserved in Hell for the authors of that scourge
- Ummm.....there was something else but I've forgotten it.
Virus protection is a racket! How many people after being told they have this, that and the other spyware installed on their computer, will actually enter their credit card details and buy whatever crap it is they're peddling. I suppose they are going to catch a few.
hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia: n. fear of the number 666
While we are at it "w" is the 6th letter of the Hebrew alphabet giving the "world wide web" further Satanic implications. Beware of the internet. Curiously tripple six day was also the day the City of Rotterdam Celebrated it's 666th birthday. The celebrations are set to last for 6 months, 6 days, and 6 hours.
When Ronald and Nancy Reagan retired to Bel-Air, Calif., in 1989, they bought the house at 666 St. Cloud Road—and changed it to 668.
|Mona lisa, mona lisa, men have named you|
Youre so like the lady with the mystic smile
Is it only cause youre lonely they have blamed you?
For that mona lisa strangeness in your smile?
The enigmatic smile of Leonardo Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" has bemused onlookers for centuries. What does it reveal of her true identity? Japanese acoustics expert Dr. Matsuo Suzuki claims to have reconstructed her voice with 90% accuracy based on othe shape of her head and chin and other physical attributes.
An Italian woman was found to add the necessary intonation.
"We then had to think about what to have her say.....We tried having her speak Japanese, but it didn't suit her image."
- Matsumi Suzuki
Yes, the tripple 6 dateline will only happen once in your life and understandably such an inauspicious occasion has generated a bit of excitement among Satanists, numerologists and computer nerds. I've always been a little suspicious of Devil worship myself as I've heard it can lead to Heavy Metal music and roll playing games.
The town of Hell, Michigan is gearing up for an influx of curiosity mongers and the commercial aspects of the occasion have not been lost on the locals. A number of events are planned and souvenirs will be available so if anyone has ever told you to go to Hell you might consider this place.
Not everyone in Hell is entirely enthusiastic about events, however:
"Now, here I am living in Hell, taking my kids to church and trying to teach them the right things and the town where we live is having a 6-6-6 party."
- Jason LeTeff, resident of Hell
It's undoubtedly an interesting name for a place. One account refers to a German, who upon stepping down from a stagecoach exclaimed:
"So schoene hell!"
which means "So bright and beautiful". Another tells us that one George Reeves, a local farmer come businessman when asked what he thought his town should be called replied:
"I don't care, you can name it Hell if you want to."
In any case the name stuck. Wikipedia
666 is of course the number of the beast, the neighbour of the beast lives at number 668 and his phone number may well be 666 6666. What you may not realise is that 666 is the sum of the squares of the first 7 primes.* While ultimately this last point may not figure in the manipilations of Old Nick himself it is worth bearing in mind that it's all six of one and half a dozen of another (plus six more).
*This is in fact bullshit. Don't believe everything you read!
Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell who does not have the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of his name. This calls for wisdom: let anyone with the understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a person. Its number is six hundred and sixty-six.
- Revelation 13:16-18
The mark, the ubiquitous barcode perhaps? There are a more than few conspiracy theories concerning the antichrist, and the number 666. A while back we had a close look at William Gates the third who is clearly a front runner though it appears that George Walker Bush is also well in contention. Perhaps less likely is former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff.
Not such a good day for Emo!