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One Hell of a Day?

Wednesday, Jun. 07, 2006 1:04 AM

Yesterday was June 6, 2006.

Or, as one movie studio widely promoted, 6�6�06.

Some Christians dutifully queued up to pray or cower in fear. Satanists held parties. Conservative shrew Ann Coulter decided to launch her new book denouncing godless liberals. Bill O'Reilly had evangelical authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins on his show.

And, to top it off, it was election day across most of America. (My usual advice � that if you didn't vote, you can't complain � goes double if the Antichrist happens to be running for office in your area.)

But life goes on. As I write this, it's well past midnight, GMT, and a new day has dawned. We can all breathe easy for another century.

Or can we? Consider that one can juggle numbers and generate 6-6-6 in a number of ways. June 15 and June 24 could also be considered valid, as could the years 1915, 1924, 1933, 1942, 1951, and 1960.

One priest cites the ancient practice of gematria (Hebrew numerology based on the Hebrew language and alphabet) and equates the letters "www" to the Mark of the Beast. Numerous websites declare President Bush's name to be the same. (For that matter, folks made the same speculations about President Ronald Reagan.)

My only prayer is that the producers of The Omen remake will slink off into obscurity and not torture us with the remaining two sequels. I'd sooner sit through a Tom Cruise Mission: Impossible marathon.

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