Today is 6/6/06 – or 666 – which means superstition is everywhere. The remake of 1976 horror movie The Omen opens today, heavy metal band Slayer starts it’s North American tour, the latest book in the Left Behind series is out, and even crazy conservative Ann Coulter is releasing a book.
The folks in Hell, Michigan are throwing a party to celebrate the day.
“I’ve got ‘666’ T-shirts and mugs. I’m only ordering 666 (of the items) so once they’re gone, that’s it,” said Colone, also known as Odum Plenty. “Everyone who comes will get a letter of authenticity saying you’ve celebrated June 6, 2006, in Hell.”
Most of Colone’s wares will sell for $6.66, including deeds to one square inch of Hell.
Pregnant women in Texas, however, aren’t taking the day so light-hearted and would prefer their kids not be born today.
“I’m going to be induced on the fourth or fifth,” Carrie McFarland from Dallas told the newspaper. “If my doctor had offered to induce me on the sixth, I wouldn’t have done it.”
Angela Dubose-Davidson of Fort Worth told the newspaper, “I’m a Christian, and that number has significant occult meaning behind it of a negative nature.”
As for me, I’m not holding my breath that the antichrist will appear today. I’ve written previously about the number 666 – including what it probably stands for (Nero) and how we have biblical manuscripts that had the number 616 in its place (and, surprise, the world didn’t end on June 1, 2006).