Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Devil's Day Rescheduled

Whoops! Looks like Ann Coulter might be out of luck in her Satanic quest. As I pointed out yesterday, a number of people, including dear Ann, have slated June 6 (or 6/6/06) as the release date for their books, films and albums to take advantage of the once-in-a-century Satanic convergence.

Now it looks like they might have acted too soon. According to a papyrology website based out of Oxford, 666 might not be the number of the beast after all. According to a papyrus fragment from the book of Revelation, the number of the beast is actually 616, not 666. They've also seen evidence that 665 might be the devil's number.

So many people, including quite a few Iron Maiden fans, will be deeply disappointed. Think of all the album covers, iron-on decals and Christian fundamentalist pamphlets that will need to be reworked.

If 616 really is the number of the beast, and if freakish nutjob apocalyptic types are right about Armageddon beginning on 6/6/06 (a big if, granted), then Coulter and company are out of luck since the world is going to end on June 1, not June 6. I suppose it'll save all those copies of Godless from getting remaindered.

Thanks to Dayv for the demonology tip-off.
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