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Triple Six

The federal government recently changed the name of Route 666, in Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah, to Route 640. The governors of those states petitioned Washington for the change, claiming that the small towns along the “triple six,” as some of the locals call it, suffered economically because too many people were creeped out by “the number of the beast” appearing on roadsigns. Can an ACLU lawsuit be far behind? In a travel artice today, the New York Times describes the road. It also includes this interesting paragraph: “South Korea added seven soldiers to its original Iraq contingent to bring the total to a noncontroversial 673. Moscow’s bus route 666 became 616 in 1999. Even the United States government, which has a policy against switching Social Security numbers for religious reasons, agreed in 1996 to issue a new one for a 1-year-old girl in Orange County, Calif., whose parents refused to list her 666 on their income taxes.”

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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