Wednesday, June 07, 2006

It's amazing how far superstition will go.

Everybody made this huge deal over the fact that yesterday was "the Devil's Day" because of the "666" implications of it. Now forget for a moment that in order to even get the number 666 from the date you have to be pretty loose about it. NOBODY truncates the leading zeros from a year in short form, so the closest anybody would truly get is 6/6/06. Of course, writing it as 06/06/06 is the mathematical equivalalent of 666...until you remember that that last number is truncated and is actually 2006.

And while you're forgetting about all that, forget also that this infamous number is applied (rather cryptically) to a man, not a day.

Anyway, among the headlines I saw the morning after the end of the world was the following:

New Hampshire man is 6-foot-6 and turned 66 on 6/6/06...

I didn't even read the article. I didn't have to. I've read this kind of garbage far too many times, particularly around 9/11. And in fact, that is exactly what I was reminded of...more specifically, an email originally sent around by David Pawson regarding the supposed significance of the number '11' on 9/11.

The only thing that surprised me yesterday was that Hal Lindsey wasn't in the news.


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