666 Isn’t an Area Code Anymore (And 10 Other Fun Facts About This Superstitious Number)

Dec 31, 2013 By Karsten Piper 2

Toward the end of 2007, the small town of Reeves, Louisiana, finally rid itself of a telephone area code that had been bedeviling its citizens since the 1960s — 666.

Christians in Reeves were unhappy having the “number of the beast” for their prefix since being assigned it. When the phone company finally relented, allowing Reevesians to change over to “749″ at no charge, mayor Scott Walker called their decision “divine intervention.”

To mark the anniversary, here are ten other beastly number factoids and coincidences…

1. Fear of 666

The qualms of the folks in Reeves about their old phone code has a name:

Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia

Fear of the number six hundred sixty-six.

2. U.S. Housing Market Curse

The week of June 6, 2006 (06-06-06!), the 30-year mortgage rate averaged (Wait for it!) 6.66%. You may remember the evil that befell United States housing market soon after.

3. First Apple Computer

The first Apple Computer retailed for $666.66. Comfortable mark-up or uncomfortable mark? Either way, Steve Wozniak says he picked the number because it was easy to type with just one finger.

Apple 1 Computer

Comments

  1. Mark says:

    Interesting article, but the part about the area code is wrong, which leads me to doubt other items in the piece. Area codes in the 60′s all had zeros or ones as the middle digit. I am sure that the 666 was a prefix and not an area code. All you had to do was check current area codes for LA. Too bad something so easy to verify was left undone.

  2. Karsten Piper says:

    You’re right, Mark, I meant prefix not area code.

    Here’s a nifty fact to make up for my using the wrong word above…when those area codes (and I do mean area code this time) were assigned, the ones that used the fewest clicks on rotary phones were assigned to the biggest US cities. So NY City got the plum 212 code while South Dakota got the crap 605 digits.

    Thanks for reading so carefully. :-)

    –KP

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