“We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.”~ Oscar Wilde
Here we are. The 666th post of DAMBREAKER.
I had no idea what I was going to write about. I thought perhaps I would write about something evil, dark, and disturbing. But there’s already so much of that out there on the Internet that if I was to do it, nobody would really pay attention. And I doubt that anyone wants to really hear about my exes.
I asked around for opinion to those I know who read this blog more often than others. They couldn’t come up with any ideas.
And so research is what it was. Then I stumbled across a word relating to the number:
Damn. What? Not even I.. who needed only four tries to say the word “floccinaucinihilipilification” correctly, would even bother trying to say this word!
What is it? Well, the word “phobia” is on the end so then what is it a fear of?
FEAR OF THE NUMBER 666.
And now you honestly and truly know that there is a phobia for EVERYTHING under the sun!!!!
However the fear is actually there and comes up a lot more than one would think.
When I was a child, there was a neighborhood kid who came running across the street to show me his math textbook. He was in an extreme panic mode when he asked me to take a look at his math assignment.
Ironically sixth math problem on the page was “999-333=?” and even though he claimed that he knew the answer to the problem, his question for me was “Is it okay to write down the answer?”
Wow. Really kid? It’s math. Nothing else.
But it does get a lot more weird.
A prominent example is Nancy and Ronald Reagan who, in 1989, when moving to their home in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles after the 1988 election, had its address 666 St. Cloud Road changed to 668 St. Cloud Road.
There were reports of pregnant women who were terrified of the possibility of giving birth to their child when the 6th of June 2006 came around. That’s pretty strange!!
The date of the sixth of June in the year 2006 , no matter how you write it, would be 06-06-06.
A bunch of heavy metal bands were pushing to get their new albums finished for release so that it could be released on that exact day, including the band SLAYER, but many of them failed for various reasons. Nothing major actually happened on 06-06-06. At least nothing that would be worth mentioning for this post. It was however the 62nd anniversary of D-Day. And that’s about it.
Former White Zombie bass player, Sean Yseult was born on the sixth of June in the year 1966. But that would be 06-06-66. I think that’s too many sixes.
There was a significant killer tornado that struck Topeka, Kansas.. but that was two days later on the 8th of June of 1966. So that was too late.
A more recent example came in November 2013, when Codie Thacker, a cross-country runner at Whitley County High School in Williamsburg, Kentucky, refused to run in her Kentucky High School Athletic Association regional meet, forfeiting a chance at qualifying for the state championships, when her coach drew bib number 666.
People fear the number of 666. And it is inexplicable.
The only reference we have is the biblical passage in the book of Revelations at the end, saying that #1- it is a human number and #2- its the number of the beast (in which we are led to believe would be the Devil.)
I could not find anywhere else where this number would come up and have such a significance in society or culture.
Not even the Satanists bother to use the number 666 – other than for shock value. It means nothing to them.
Other uses with 666 have been numbered highways.
There are/were numbered highways with “666” in Belgium, Ireland, Canada, Italy, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States of America. However in Ontario Canada, Ontario Highway 666 was changed to 658 in 1985. But I cannot confirm the reasons why.
Even in the big state of Texas, there is a highway 666.
Farm to Market Road 666 (FM 666) is a farm-to-market road in the state of Texas that serves Nueces County and San Patricio County. The road begins at FM 70 in Bishop and continues north as it intersects both Texas State Highway 44 (also known as TX 44) in Banquete and FM 624 in Bluntzer. As the road enters San Patricio County, it enters the city of San Patricio, and, during the end of its route, is parallel to Interstate 37 (I-37). The road eventually ends in the city of Mathis at TX 359.
FM 666 was designated in 1945 from SH 44 in Banquete southward and eastward to US 77 in Driscoll. In 1949, FM 666 extended north to US 59(now SH 359) in Mathis. In 1955, the section of FM 666 from US 77 to its current junction with FM 665 was transferred to FM 665. In 1957, FM 666 extended south to FM 70, completing its current route.
In 2010, I had an “experience with 666. I stayed with someone that I should not have been with in a Marriott Hotel along the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas.
The room number that was assigned to the woman was literally 666. She looked at me all funny, but then was laughing about it and then shrugged it off. She WAS “evil” though. I only say that because with the amount of time I spent with her in that hotel room, after all of that …. she was MARRIED.
But that is neither here nor there. I was where I should not have been to begin with.
And still, the answer to the question “Why is this number evil?” remains unanswered. At least in my mind.
It is the number in between 665 and 667. And the next blog post here will be 667.
What scares you? What are your phobias???