Last night, just before bedtime, I weighed myself on the bathroom scale. 166.6 pounds. I weigh myself every morning at about the same time. Thanks to a good diet and exercise routine I have gained about 15 pounds in the past three months. This morning my weight was 166.6 pounds. No change from the night before.
What about all those sixes? I’m not superstitious but 666 is not a number I want to see pop up too many times during the same day. In the Bible, 666 is the number of the beast. Wikipedia:
The number of the beast (Greek: Ἀριθμὸς τοῦ θηρίου, Arithmos tou Thēriou) is associated with the Beast of Revelation in chapter 13, verse 18 of Book of Revelation. In most manuscripts of the New Testament and in English translations of the Bible, the number of the beast is six hundred and sixty-six
Uh oh. Or not? Don’t worry. The number 666 was only part of 166.6 pounds but it was interesting that the same number appeared before bedtime and after awakening in the morning.
Dig through the Wikipedia article and you’ll find many interpretations of the number 666. Here’s one near the bottom.
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the beast identified by the number 666 represents the world’s unified governments in opposition to God. The beast is said to have “a human number” in that the represented governments are of a human origin rather than spirit entities. The number 666 is said to identify “gross shortcoming and failure in the eyes of Jehovah”, in contrast to the number 7, which is seen as symbolizing perfection.
That seems a reasonable interpretation.
In 2017 Jehovah’s Witnesses said some Congolese churches made the claim that a World Wide Web (WWW) address printed on Jehovah’s Witness literature is an indication that the literature is demonic, because WWW corresponds with 666
That interpretation does not seem to be as reasonable. There are a few hundred million websites that all begin with WWW.
Since my time is running out I’m not going to worry about the superstitious concerns over 666 but it is interesting how many people avoid it wherever possible. For example:
- In 1989, Nancy and Ronald Reagan, 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.
- In 1988, the address of Chicago’s American Furniture Mart building was changed by its new owner from 666 to 680 N Lake Shore Drive, ostensibly to distance the new tenancy from the former owners’ financial problems.
- In 2003, U.S. Route 666 in New Mexico was changed to U.S. Route 491. A New Mexico spokesperson stated, “The devil’s out of here, and we say goodbye and good riddance.”
- Some women expressed concern about giving birth on 6 June 2006 (6/6/06).
- In November 2013, 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.
- In 2015, US Representative Joe Barton had the number of a legislative bill he had introduced changed from 666 to 702 because “the original bill number carried many different negative connotations”, according to a spokesperson.
I look at 166.6 pounds as a good thing.