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Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia (pronounced hexa-koseeo-ee-hexe-konta-hexaphobia) (literally, "fear of [the number] six hundred sixty-six") is the fear that originated from the Biblical verse Revelation 13:18 which indicates that the number 666 is the Number of the Beast, linked to Satan or the Anti-Christ.[3]

Outside the Christian faith, the phobia has been further popularized as a motif in various horror films. Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobes will strongly avoid things related to the number 666. A prominent example is of Nancy and Ronald Reagan who, in 1989, when moving to their home in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles, had the address of 666 St. Cloud Road changed to 668 St. Cloud Road.[4] Some women also expressed concern on giving birth to a child on June 6, 2006 (abbreviated 6/6/06).[5]

In 2006, the BBC listed Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia and its definition as fact #64 in its "100 things we didn't know this time last year".[6]

See also

References

  1. ^ Greek Numbers and Arithmetic
  2. ^ St. John's Revelation. Chapter 13
  3. ^ Prayer vigil targets Devil's Day BBC News. Monday, 5 June 2006, Accessed 21 September 2007
  4. ^ "THE REAGANS: First Family Easing Into Private Life", Los Angeles Times, Nov. 19, 1988
  5. ^ Allen-Mills, Tony (April 30, 2006). "Mothers expect Damien on 6/6/06". London: The Sunday Times - Britain.  
  6. ^ "100 things we didn't know last year". BBC Magazine Monitor blog. December 28, 2006. http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/2006/12/100_things_we_didnt_know_last_2.shtml. Retrieved 2007-01-20.  

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