Considering past discussions we've had on this list regarding the "Mark of the Beast" and the number "666," I thought the following short article (From the National Geographic Magazine for December 2003) both interesting and humorous. At least I got quite a chuckle out of it. I've transcribed it here in its entirety (Sans the photo which accompanied it):

Its Number Was Up. Some people consider "666" a sign of evil--the "number of the beast" in the New Testament Book of Revelation. That's why two-lane U.S. 666 through the four corners area, named because it was the sixth spur off U.S. 66, is now U.S. 491. The road's satanic connotation caused such protest among the Navajo, whose New Mexico lands it crosses, that Governor Bill Richardson announced the name change last June. But old 666 never was a highway to hell. It went to Utah. --MGZ

It seems like I remember a joke about highway 666 which had a similar punchline. Does anyone remember the joke, or variants?

Steven Montgomery

O ye Priest of Baal. O, ye gentile religionest O. ye inhabitants of Babylon possessing the Mark of the beast What knowledge have ye of the ordinances or blessings or virtues of the house & Church of God (The Kirtland Diary of Wilford Woodruff)

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