"Marked" Day Raises Suspicions

9 years 6 months 5 hours ago March 29, 2007 Mar 29, 2007 Thursday, March 29 2007 Thursday, March 29, 2007 6:27:07 PM CDT in News

A field trip to the Devil's Icebox cave in Rock Bridge Memorial State Park on any other day might not raise eyebrows. Unless it was June 6, 2006, or 6-6-6.

"For Christians, it alludes to passage in the Bible, in Revelations, where it talks about the mark of the beast will be 6-6-6," explained Trish Beckman, a University of Missouri religion professor.

Meagen Mallory of Precious Cargo Daycare said, "I don't really think we had it planned for this particular day, but [it's] a little ironic."

Visitors at the Devil's Icebox were more worried about a different beast.

"The bats were a little strange. I've never seen bats before," said Tristen Shaw, daycare student. "I've never seen bats in real life and I really wanted to."

Beckman says people used to be more concerned about 6-6-6.

"The Middle Ages were full of speculation about both the numerology, what 6-6-6 means, and also, more intensely what the Antichrist is."

In fact, you can see most signs of the beast at movie theaters. One horrow flick, "The Omen," premiered on the ominous date. But fans said they're not reading anything into it.

"I'm not really too superstitious of a person," said Jennie Wang. "I think it's clever they're releasing the movie on this date. But I'm not too superstitious. I don't think anything's going to happen."

Wang is not alone in thinking 6-6-6 won't hold any revelations.

"I think there's a little less interest in the literal view of 6-6-6 as the mark. So, I think the date, 2000, when we switched to the millenium, that was probably more widespread than this, June 6, 2006."

You won't have to worry about this marked date again until June 6, 2106. And, if you're feeling lucky, an online gambling site is taking bets on if the world will end Tuesday, with odds starting at 10 to 1.

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