The Register reports that the phone number 666-6666 sold for 10m Qatari riyals or £1.5m (that’s like $2.5 million US) making it the world’s most expensive number.
The Chinese number 8888 8888 was the previous record holder, having sold for Â£270,000 (or about $500,00 US). Apparently in Cantonese, the word for 8 sounds a lot like the word for “rich.”
More interesting, the article points out
Having seven sixes as your mobile number might seem devilish to some, but interpretations vary. A brief dip into the weird world of numerology shows 666 is seen as holy in Judaism because it represents six directions – up, down, north, south, east and west. Others equate it with the Arabic word “ellah” meaning God.
On a techy note, the first Apple Computer sold for $666.66, the sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is w – so www. shows how evil the internet is. And finally, Viagra has a molecular weight of 666.7g/mol.
On a more amusing note, Bruce Stewart over at OReillyNet explains his 666 phone story. While he was working at Jesuit University in San Francisco in the early 90s, the Catholic school got the 666 prefix.
As you can likely imagine, there were many jokes and good times to be had with these numbers. And some weird lunatic prank calls, though not a lot. But what drove my boss crazy most of all about having that fateful number was the amazing number of “googoo gaagaa’ calls he received. You know, those calls you get when an infant has gotten a phone off the hook and has inadvertently dialed you up and is cooing and babbling into the phone? Well, maybe you don’t, but trust me, if you ever get a phone number with all of the same digits, you will. Apparently pounding repeatedly on the 6 button is a fairly easy thing for a baby to do.
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