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Does seeing the number 666 make you wince?
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Poll: Does seeing the number 666 make you wince?
You made this poll just to get to 667 threads, didn't you.
What the heck are you on about now?
I like pie
View Results (42 votes)


Nov 23 2011, 3:37am

Post #1 of 45 (703 views)
Does seeing the number 666 make you wince? Can't Post

Wince rhymns with mince
which puts me in mind of mince meat


Arwen's daughter

Nov 23 2011, 3:44am

Post #2 of 45 (503 views)
Yes, but let me 'splain [In reply to] Can't Post

I could care less about the number, but I work with a lot of churches and Christian based clients at work. Every once in a while the number 666 comes up in a price or count and we always change it to 665 or 667. When I see the number now my natural instinct to edit it kicks in rather than any religious concern.

Aunt Dora Baggins

Nov 23 2011, 6:48am

Post #3 of 45 (458 views)
It's been popping up in my hotmail account recently [In reply to] Can't Post

666 unread e-mails in my Inbox. I read a few and it goes down, and then more arrive and there it is again.

I don't know about *wince*, but I do notice it, just like I notice lots of interesting numbers. Anything that smacks of pi, for example, like 314, or Fibbonaci numbers, or palindromic numbers, or powers of two... I had a library card once with an ID number that was a power of 2, and it was really easy to remember.


Nov 23 2011, 7:15am

Post #4 of 45 (440 views)
So did you vote "I like pi"? [In reply to] Can't Post


Grey Havens

Nov 23 2011, 7:27am

Post #5 of 45 (495 views)
I voted I like pie [In reply to] Can't Post

I couldn't care less about 666. But then, it has no religious context for me, so I wouldn't. But what really blew my mind recently was a little cartoon that kept going around facebook, where they posted 3.14, mirror imaged it, and it looked like the word PI.E. I thought that was pretty cool!

Tol Eressea

Nov 23 2011, 1:46pm

Post #6 of 45 (366 views)
It has suffered from serious inflation. // [In reply to] Can't Post



Nov 23 2011, 2:07pm

Post #7 of 45 (419 views)
Not really [In reply to] Can't Post

although I've always wanted to go to the store with a calculator and be sure I get stuff that will be rung up as 666 and if the cashier does react then I wanted to "freak out" about it and see what happens. Although it would be unfortunate if they simply changed it on me and robbed me of my fun....

Wow that must mean mine was the 666 poll....hehe
But that sounds odd, do we really have only that many? I would think there would be more by now, or after a certain point are the previous threads archived?

Aunt Dora Baggins

Nov 23 2011, 2:21pm

Post #8 of 45 (418 views)
No, I didn't think of it in time :-( [In reply to] Can't Post

I voted for the one about posting just to get the next number, because that sounds (in reverse) like the sort of thing we do with the car odometer. We drove around and around the block once so that when we stopped in front of our house it would be exactly a third of a million miles. And, in another car, when it turned over 100,000 we stopped and ate candy bars called "$100,000 bars" and ran around the car ten times (I'm not sure why the running, but Uncle Baggins wanted to do it.)


Nov 23 2011, 2:32pm

Post #9 of 45 (448 views)
Yes it does and Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia [In reply to] Can't Post

is a real phobia! Shocked

Pie was for Darkstone... upon reflection I should have added a choice for pi as well. Laugh


Nov 23 2011, 2:38pm

Post #10 of 45 (384 views)
Though I have yet to [In reply to] Can't Post

meet anyone who is truly afraid of the number (and why should they be, really?) part of what strikes a wince chord with many is owing to its use in popular culture.


Nov 23 2011, 2:39pm

Post #11 of 45 (387 views)
Yeah, that's what I'm talking about! =D // [In reply to] Can't Post



Nov 23 2011, 2:53pm

Post #12 of 45 (426 views)
Stuck at 13 votes?!? What the?! [In reply to] Can't Post

It would be totally cool if this turned into a numbers thread! I find pi's and charts fascinating -- second only to pies and tarts.

There is a special place in my heart for the Golden Ratio. It is most pervasive but hardly gets the attention it's due. Probably because everyone is obsessing over 666, 13, or, for James Bond fans, 17 (Black).


Nov 23 2011, 2:54pm

Post #13 of 45 (425 views)
Not really. [In reply to] Can't Post

Nor does 616, the real number of the beast.

888 is nice, though.

And saying fünf hundert fünf und fünfzig (555) always makes me giggle.

So I chose pie.

Aunt Dora Baggins

Nov 23 2011, 3:17pm

Post #14 of 45 (387 views)
Tolkien must have loved numbers too. [In reply to] Can't Post

Look at the Ring verse :-)


Nov 23 2011, 3:49pm

Post #15 of 45 (405 views)
why would it? [In reply to] Can't Post

It only has meaning to those who've been taught to think it does, and I wasn't.

Although in my pre-med days, Avogadro's Number gave me nightmares.

(This post was edited by Annael on Nov 23 2011, 3:57pm)


Nov 23 2011, 4:30pm

Post #16 of 45 (384 views)
How can we not love Uncle Baggins:-D\\ [In reply to] Can't Post



Nov 23 2011, 4:32pm

Post #17 of 45 (363 views)
I voted "no." [In reply to] Can't Post

But the actual answer is "yes," only because of the superstitious nonsense it makes other people do.


Nov 23 2011, 4:57pm

Post #18 of 45 (382 views)
The pie was all for you [In reply to] Can't Post

I know that you love it so. Looks like others like pie too.Wink

888 does have a nice ring to it.

777 not so much (thank you Mr. Crowley).

In Chinese culture, 555 is thought to bring fortune.

222 gets rid of a headache.

444 is nice: in one tradition it means perfection (?)

999 reminds me of an emphatic "NO" for some reason, though it is a good score on Dancing with the Stars.

My favourite number, apart from 17, is 88. But its reputation has been tarnished of late as it is used subversively instead of HH: H being the eighth letter and HH being shorthand for Heil *mumble*

ps I'm not afraid of 666 either.


Nov 23 2011, 5:04pm

Post #19 of 45 (402 views)
Soooo [In reply to] Can't Post

is that a proper phobia then? Being afraid of other people's superstitious nonsense?Laugh


Nov 23 2011, 5:15pm

Post #20 of 45 (355 views)
Pyrophobia is one. [In reply to] Can't Post

I don't know the terms for "fear of being stoned to death" or "fear of being buried alive".

I think the umbrella term would be "stultophobia".

(This post was edited by Darkstone on Nov 23 2011, 5:18pm)


Nov 23 2011, 5:20pm

Post #21 of 45 (412 views)
What is Avogadro's Number precious? [In reply to] Can't Post

Not sure it only has meaning to those who were taught about it. Unless by taught you also mean acquired trough cultural osmosis.

Similar to the fear of 13 or Friday the 13th, it is likely that many who fear (or just wince at) the number 666, have any idea where the idea that it should be feared ever came from. (At least no direct experience, teaching, or self study.)

I wasn't taught to fear it either, except maybe by watching the movie The Omen as a youngster. Now it is merely a wince, a vestigial reaction of a sort. But I now know there is no rational or spiritual reason for me personally to fear the number 666.


Nov 23 2011, 5:24pm

Post #22 of 45 (419 views)
The number of atoms in 12 grams of carbon-12. [In reply to] Can't Post


Now eigenvalues will eat you alive.

(This post was edited by Darkstone on Nov 23 2011, 5:27pm)


Nov 23 2011, 5:38pm

Post #23 of 45 (449 views)
* unlikely, grrrr [In reply to] Can't Post

"eigenvalues?" Do not like the sound of those.Laugh

But then I'm still trying to understand how if you cut a pie into thirds (each either 33.33% or 1/3) and mush it back together you have 99.99% of a pie AND 1 whole pie at the same time.

Is that to account for the bits left on the knife?

In the case where the pie is considered whole (1/3x3) does that mean the knife is absolutely clean?


Nov 23 2011, 6:11pm

Post #24 of 45 (380 views)
That's the part eaten by the Rounding Fairy. [In reply to] Can't Post

The Rounding Fairy also gets rich using the Salami Technique in bank computer programs. Since this is related to the banking fraud scheme known as "Smurfing", we may assume that the Rounding Fairy is blue.


Nov 23 2011, 6:16pm

Post #25 of 45 (382 views)
Triscadekaphobia [In reply to] Can't Post

is fear of the number 13 whilst friggatriskadecaphobia is fear of Friday the 13, and incidently there are less traffic accidents on Friday the 13's because a lot of people are afraid of it and simply stay home.
I love being at hotels or other places where they neglect to have a 13 floor. So weird.

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