Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Scholars: Satan's mark might actually be 616

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Yes, this is an actual news story (albeit reported by MTV): Scholars currently doing scientific work on a third-century Greek copy of the Bible are claiming that the Mark of the Beast (as revealed in the book of Revelations) is not 666 at all, but rather 616, and that the number has simply been translated wrong over the years. And here's a bit of interesting trivia as well, also from the article - an irrational fear of the number 666 is known in the medical community as hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia. (Thanks to Bookslut for pointing this out, and I loved their comment: "If you believe that Satan speaks through area codes...then Grand Rapids, Michigan just got a whole lot more evil.")