The Denver Post decided to fill up column space on May Day 2006 with a silly article written by Howard Pankratz. The article begins:
"With June 6, 2006, rapidly approaching, authorities in Colorado and elsewhere are carefully watching to see if that date - 6/6/06 - spurs demonstrations or violent activity.
They are aware that 666 signifies the Mark of the Beast or the Antichrist to some organizations and believe June 6 is a date that could trigger problems.
"It's been a conscious question among some of our folks, so they've been on the lookout for something," said Lance Clem, spokesman for the Colorado Department of Public Safety. "But they haven't seen anything."
Even so, some local police are being vigilant. "
There's absolutely no evidence that anything at all dramatically violent or otherwise unusual will take place on June 6, 2006, but the Denver police are being vigilant anyway, huh? Well, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and presume that the Denver cops are not being kooky themselves, but are trying to anticipate other people being kooky in developing some kind of numerological apocalyptic plot. Even if that's the case, though, such a threat requires a series of misunderstandings.
First, there have to be kooks who really have the literal belief that something related to the number 666 will bring about the End Times, or the ascension of The Beast, or something like that. Then, of those kooks, there have to be some proactive kooks who actually are willing to get off their butts, throw their entire lives to the wind and do something radical just because their calendars have turned a page.
Then, the kooks have to ignore that clear fact that the year is not six. It's two thousand and six. There are three digits that come before the six. So, numerologically, there is no 666. If anything, it's 662006. Is that the zip code of The Beast?
Finally, the kooks have to believe that the calendar is really accurate in counting the number of years since the birth of Jesus. No one actually knows when the birth of Jesus took place, if it took place at all, but it has been documented that there has been at least one stretch of time when the few people keeping calendars lost a few years along the way. So, strictly speaking, this probably isn't the year 2006 in a religious timekeeping sense. If Satan comes to rule the Earth on June 6, 2006, then he's either late or early.
It's the bored spectators of life hoping for something really big to spontaneously burst out onto the scene who get crazy about specific dates and times. Remember the Y2K Bug? Well, the planets didn't align to kill us all on December 31, 1999. No one, even with the huge buildup, got crazy and hurt anybody. Doomsday fetishists are probably going to be disappointed with June 6 this year too.
Don't be too downhearted, End Timers. The world will end someday, if you can just keep waiting long enough - like maybe billions of years.