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Signs

On a billboard right near my office, is a big black sign with large white letters reading:

6 - 6 - 06
The signs are all around you.

And all I can think is "Well of course they are! You rented like fifty freaking billboards around here! I can't escape your millenialist wannabe signs!"

I'd hoped people would have gotten over this apocalyptic stuff six years ago. I mean, even if you give five years error of margin for dating errors over the years, then the second coming should already have happened.

It didn't happen circa 32AD when the reports of the resurrection of Christ were seen as the first rising of the dead, signaling the beginning of the apocalypse. It didn't happen in 666AD. It didn't happen in 1000AD. It didn't happen in 1666, though they did have the Black Plague in Europe. It didn't happen in 1997, or 1999, or 2000, or 2001, or 2005, like various other people predicted.

We didn't even have a giant mothership come past behind comet Hail Bopp to pick up the worthy ones.

Folks need to get over that 666 number. It's just an integer greater than 665 and less than 667. I mean, one of the earliest known scrolls of the bible discovered even says the number is 616, not 666. There's evidence to suggest the number might have been changed to suit the political whims of those who copied the bible at the time, and it may have happened more than once.

This apocalypse prediction idiocy has happened time and time again. Someone dabbles in numerology and finds a way to make pretty numbers that scare them, and they scream "It's the end of the world!" Funny, I feel fine. Cripes, I remember when Ronald Wilson Reagan was declared to be a sign of the apocalypse because all three of his names had six letters.

The only apocalypses getting ready to happen around here, are ones of our own making. Folks who have decided that is doesn't matter if the environment is destroyed because they believe the Rapture is coming soon... well, they're part of the problem.

I can't wait for June 6th. My schadenfreude will get a fine workout when someone suddenly has to explain to a bunch of confused followers why exactly they're still here.

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nipper
Apr. 27th, 2006 08:46 am (UTC)
More likely just poor advertising for a movie or something?
melskunk
Apr. 27th, 2006 08:49 am (UTC)
Yeah, none of these Bible thumpers seem to know Matthew 24:36:

"But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only."

9,9
kyhwana
Apr. 27th, 2006 09:10 am (UTC)
Depends if you subscribe to the theory (or whatever) that Jesus was the one in the same as "God" and wether he was the Spirit only or whatever. Very complicated. XD
tugrik
Apr. 27th, 2006 09:42 am (UTC)
Something tells me it's just a bad marketing meme. It'll probably end up being some stupid new video game or other "x-TREEmE!, like, it's Evil, yo!" product trying to get the viral buzz going.
revar
Apr. 27th, 2006 11:23 am (UTC)
If it's just a marketing campaign, it's at least amusing then. Though the fact that they are pandering to the millenialist superstitions of some folks is rather annoying. This sort of thing should be discouraged, not encouraged.
bigtig
Apr. 27th, 2006 04:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah. The remake of "The Omen" is set to come out on that day.
fionacat
Apr. 27th, 2006 10:03 am (UTC)
See also: The Omen a remake of the original.

Dunno however the tag-line for that is "His day will come"

... hmmm
doodlesthegreat
Apr. 27th, 2006 02:04 pm (UTC)
Who knows, maybe it will inspire a ton of rapture-obcessed morons to kill themselves, thus improving the gene pool.
chipuni
Apr. 27th, 2006 02:20 pm (UTC)
I really should scan and put on-line a wonderful book that I have:

87 Reasons why Christ will come in 1987.
bigtig
Apr. 27th, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
666 and geekery
In early christianty, everyone hated the christians. They didn't burn animals to various greek and roman gods and were considered outcasts for their ways. Let's face it, if a group of Romans were sitting around laughing about the festival of the Lupercalia and one of these Christians spoke up about their one true god, the conversation will hit a screeching halt.

So considering their standing in society, let's call them geeks. I know there's a joke in here somewhere about Linux or BSD and a monthestic god, but I'm just not going there.

So these geeks were persecuted by society. I guess they were picked last for whatever the roman version of kickball was.

That being said, they developed a special coded way of passing around information. It used the latest technical language, mathematics, and encoded the words with numbers in a manner called numerology. Or as I like to call it, biblical leet-speak.

Now the worst of the jocks who was beating up the geeks was the guy in charge of the football team, Nero Cesar. He was a nasty, nasty dude as we know from how his keg party burned down half of rome and everyone was afraid to tell him he had no music talent because he'd end up stuffing them in a trash can or something.

Anyway, in leet-speak, Nero Cesar was 616. In older copies of the bible the "mark of the beast" was still 616. A nasty thing though, geeks make a lot of typos. Depending on penmanship, and we know how well that goes in geek circles, iota and xi can look kind of close to each other. Eventually the 616 became a 666. I guess a biblical checksum could have helped.

So there you have it. Irrational fear of a number based on a copy error that long ago lost the original message: Nero, the lead jock, was an bully to all the geeks.

I have no idea why I just wrote this. I think I've had too much coffee.
cjthomas
Apr. 27th, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC)
Re: 666 and geekery
Cue the oft-repeated story about getting an aggressive fundamentalist off of a *nix forum by pointing out that his file permissions were all set to 666.

That's a pretty silly thing to default to, but it still made a good story =^.^=.

-Deuce
siege
Apr. 27th, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
Re: 666 and geekery
Yeah. Mine (when the Linux machine is available) default to 644.
smack_jackal
Apr. 27th, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
No, really...It is just marketing for the remake of The Omen and nothing more than that. But it's kinda had it's impact in that it has gotten you thinking (not necessarily about the movie since you'd have to have known about the remake to be able to make the logical connection) about the implications, history and religious fervor behind the Bible and cultist(occultist) interpretations there in.
dv_girl
Apr. 29th, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC)
666 is an amusing number. It wasn't arbitarily chosen. It's 'when time runs out'. Sometimes you see it expressed as 666 + 1000. Here's why.

Add together

I V X L C D and M

All 666 represents is 'Some time beyond the largest number we can think of'
siddacious
Apr. 29th, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC)
FLA is playing at the DNA lounge on 6/6/06! Weee!
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