A Fun Collection of Beastly Numbers
WARNING: This page should not be viewed by anyone suffering from hexakósioi-hexékonta-hexa-phobia (fear of you-know-what!)
|666||Biblical Number of the Beast|
|660||Approximate Number of the Beast|
|DCLXVI||Roman Numeral of the Beast|
|665||Number of the Beast's Older Brother|
|667||Number of the Beast's Younger Sister|
|664 or 668||Number of the Beast's Next-Door Neighbors|
|999||Number of the Australian Beast|
|333||Number of the Semi-Beast (also "Halfway to Hell")|
|66||Number of the Downsized Beast|
|6, uh..., I forget||Number of the Blond Beast|
|666.0000||Number of the High Precision Beast|
|665.9997856||Number of the Beast on a Pentium|
|0.666||Number of the Millibeast|
|X / 666||Beast Common Denominator|
|0.00150150...||Reciprocal of the Beast|
|-666||Opposite of the Beast|
|666i||Imaginary Number of the Beast|
|6.66 x 102||Scientific Notation of the Beast|
|25.8069758...||Square Root of the Beast|
|443556||Square of the Beast|
|1010011010||Binary Number of the Beast|
|1232||Octal of the Beast|
|29A||Hexidecimal of the Beast|
|2.8235||Log of the Beast|
|6.5913||Ln of the Beast|
|1.738 x 10289||Anti-Log of the Beast|
|00666||Zip Code of the Beast|
|email@example.com||E-mail Address of the Beast|
|www.666.com||Website of the Beast|
|1-666-666-6666||Phone & FAX Number of the Beast|
|1-866-666-6666||Toll Free Number of the Beast
(which could also be written 18-666-666-666!)
|1-900-666-6666||Live Beasts, available now! One-on-one pacts!
Only $6.66 per minute! (Must be over 6+6+6 years old!)
|666-66-6666||Social Security Number of the Beast|
|Form 10666||Special IRS Tax Forms for the Beast|
|66.6%||Tax Rate of the Beast|
|6.66%||6-Year CD Interest Rate at First Beast Bank of Hell
($666 minimum deposit, $666 early withdrawal fee)
|$666/hr||Billing Rate of the Beast's Lawyer|
|$665.95||Retail Price of the Beast|
|$710.36||Price of the Beast plus 6.66% Sales Tax|
|$769.95||Price of the Beast with accessories and replacement soul|
|$656.66||Wal-Mart Price of the Beast (next week $646.66!)|
|$55.50||Monthly Payments for Beast, in 12 easy installments|
|Phillips 666||Gasoline Used by the Beast (regular $6.66/gal)|
|Route 666||Highway of the Beast (where he gets his kicks!)|
|666 mph||Speed Limit on the Beast's Highway|
|6-6-6||Fertilizer of the Beast|
|666 lb cap||Weight Limit of the Beast|
|666 Minutes||Weekly News Show about the Beast (airs daily from
Midnight to 11:06 a.m., on Cable Channel 666, of course)
|666o F||Oven Temperature for Cooking "Roast Beast"|
|666k||Retirement Plan of the Beast|
|666 mg||Recommended Minimum Daily Requirement of Beast|
|Lotus 6-6-6||Spreadsheet of the Beast|
|Word 6.66||Word Processor of the Beast|
|Windows 666||Bill Gates' Personal Beast Operating System|
|#666666||Font Color of the Beast (the gray in this table, no kidding!)|
|i66686||CPU of the Beast|
|666-I||BMW of the Beast|
|IAM 666||License Plate Number of the Beast|
|Formula 666||All Purpose Cleaner of the Beast|
|WD-666||Spray Lubricant of the Beast|
|DSM-666 (rev)||Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the Beast|
|66.6 MHz||FM Radio Station of the Beast|
|666 KHz||AM Radio Station of the Beast|
|66 for 6||A Beastly Score for an Innings (in cricket)|
|6 for 66||Bowling Figures of the Beast|
|6/6/6||Birthday of the Beast (but in which century?)|
This collection was compiled and expanded from various sources,
including anonymous e-mails forwarded by various people,
and similar collections online at http://www.yamon.freeserve.co.uk/Beast.html
P.S. How many rows are in the above table? Is that a coincidence?
More Beastly Numbers
(six more, partly inspired by all the hoopla over June 6, 2006!)
|6.66o F||A Cold Day in Hell|
|Boeing 666||The Beast's Personal Airplane Model|
|Airforce 666||The Name of the Beast's Airplane (after he becomes President!)|
|C6H6O6||The Beast's Favorite Chemical (1,2,3-cyclopropanetricarboxylic acid)|
|666||Atomic Mass of Governmentium (it contains no protons or electrons, but has 1 neutron, 15 assistant neutrons, 35 deputy neutrons, 80 vice neutrons, 145 supervisory neutrons, 165 team leader neutrons and 225 consulting neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 666)|
|6.66%||30-Year Mortgage Rate on 06/06/06 (not a joke, but a curious coincidence!)|
Some Coincidences and Trivia involving 666
Mathematical Curiosities about 666
(for those with a mathematical mindset and/or a penchant for gambling!)
Other Fun and Humorous 666 Sites
(a.k.a. Are YOU the Beast?)
A cartoon related to 666 from
The scene shows a devil scowling at a painter and
Addendum: Internet Users Beware!
In the ancient Hebrew practice of gematria (assigning numerical
values to letters),
the letter "waw" is equivalent to the number "six."
So WWW is also equivalent to 666
( or is it really? )
Thanks to John Stewart Muller, one of my former students, for first pointing this out to me.
Who or What Is the Beast?
The answer to this nearly 2000-year-old question depends on how you choose to interpret the Book of Revelation (a.k.a. the Apocalypse), the last book of the New Testament.
Near the middle of this highly symbolic book are descriptions of several strange creatures:
At the end of the paragraph about this third beast, the author challenges the reader with an intriguing puzzle: "This calls for wisdom: let anyone with understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a person. Its number is six hundred sixty-six." (13:18).
In order to understand this text, one must know that ancient Hebrew (like Greek and other ancient languages) did not have a separate set of characters to indicate numbers, but simply used the letters of its alphabet to represent numbers. This fact provides the basis for the ancient practice of "gematria," in which numerical equivalents of words and names are calculated (still a popular game today!).
So, Who Is the Person Whose Number Is 666?
Throughout history, attempts have been made to identify 666 with many famous people (usually one's enemies)!
Most biblical historians agree, however, that the Book of Revelation is simply referring to the Roman Emperor NERO, the most "beastly" ruler of the first Christian Century:
Is the Number Really 666, or Was It Originally 616?
What about June 6, 2006?
Relax! Although this date could be abbreviated 6/6/6, it has absolutely nothing to do with the "Beast" of the Book of Revelation! Consider these few points:
Despite this last bullet, several people asked me to "predict" what would happen on June 6, 2006. Here's what I replied:
As a biblical scholar and Catholic priest, I think trying to predict the future is a misuse of the Bible. Biblical prophecy is not about crystal-ball gazing into the future. Rather, prophets of the Bible are those who speak on behalf of God, conveying God's messages to people, interpreting the past, present, and future through God's eyes, so to speak. Biblical prophets call people to repent and to remain faithful to God, not to worry about when the world will end or who is the "beast" of the Book of Revelation.
But just for fun, since people really pressed me to "predict" something, here is what I said would happen on June 6, 2006:
Reflections after June 6, 2006:
I was somewhat amazed by all the media interest and popular hoopla surrounding June 6. The first person to contact me was Seth Borenstein, a reporter from the Associated Press, who prominently featured this webpage and some of my comments from a telephone interview in an article published June 4, 2006 (entitled "Humor, curiosity surround June 6, 2006"; alt title "A calendar date to end all others nears"). A search on Google News showed that this AP article was reprinted by over 250 news outlets in the U.S. and around the world (including Australia, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, Great Britain, Kazakhstan, Romania, Russia, South Africa, and Turkey).
As a result, in the following two days I was contacted by and/or gave live interviews on three television networks, six other newspapers, and fifteen radio stations (not just from the USA, but also Canada, Great Britain, and Argentina). Some of the radio interviews were on syndicated programs that ran in hundreds of cities in the U.S. Each interview was somewhat different from all the others: some reporters asked about the biblical/historical background of the number 666, others about the differences between 666 and 616; some radio hosts were interested in Emperor Nero and Ancient Rome, others in bar codes and implanted chips! Some of the interviews lasted about 30 seconds, others about 30 minutes, most were rather fun to do, especially those that combined the report with the party going on that day in the little town of Hell, Michigan!
In the past few years, my website has gotten between 1000 and 2000 visitors daily. However, as I had "predicted" above, it received well over 10,000 visitors on June 4, over 18,000 on June 5, and spiked at over 36,000 on June 6! Why are so many people interested in 666? Are that many people really scared about the future? It seems that some people need to have more faith in God to find peace in their lives! I'm just glad there are only 60 minutes in every hour; otherwise, some people might freak out twice a day, at 6:66 a.m. and 6:66 p.m.!
So, when all is said and done, the number 666 will continue to intrigue numerologists and fascinate gamblers, be profitable for Hollywood but avoided by most other businesses, provide fodder for the apocalyptic warnings of fundamentalist preachers and challenges for the teachings of mainline Christian pastors. But after June 6, 2006, has come and gone, biblical scholars will go back to studying 616, while the wedding industry looks forward to July 7, 2007!
Return to the Study Guides for Apocalyptic Literature
or to my explanation of What Biblical Prophecy Really Is (and Isn't)
or return to the HOME PAGE of Felix Just, S.J.
This page was established around
9/9/99, significantly expanded 01/01/01, revised again 02/02/02,
and (contrary to some people's "predictions") did not self-destruct on 06/06/06 (nor on 09/09/09)!