The Number of the Beast By David F. Godwin FATE :: October 2005

As Lon DuQuette says in his article, there have been countless attempts since the first century a.d. to get this name or that to add up to 666, thereby proving the subject of the inquiry to be none other than the Beast of Revelation.
If you can't do it by numerology, maybe you can do it by counting. For example, George Walker BushJr consists of three names, each of six letters: six-six-six. If "BushJr" seems awkward, use the German spelling of the last name: Busche.
Most efforts to "beast" somebody involve stretches like this.
In the novel War and Peace, the hero Pierre Bezuhov decides that Napoleon must be the Beast. He numbers the French alphabet 1 through 9, 10 through 90, and - instead of 100 through 900 as is done with the Greek, Hebrew, and Arabic alphabets - 110 through 160. By this method, he gets l'empereur Napoleon to come out to 666.

-Aleister Crowley may be the only prominent individual to make a concerted effort to get his own name to enumerate to 666. He did it in a fairly straightforward manner, using Hebrew letters and numerology (gematria) and using the Hebrew heh (H) for the letter E in established cabalistic convention: A L H Y S (samekh) T (teth) H R H K R O (ayin) V L H Y. Of course he had to add a middle initial E (for Edward, his birth name), which he never did otherwise.
-You can get "Bill Gates III" to be 666 by adding up the ASCII equivalents of the letters - except that III is 3.
-If you number the English alphabet A = 100, B = 101, C = 102, and so on, then Hitler = 666.
-Another method is to number the alphabet by multiples of six: 6, 12, 18, 24, and so on. Then you can pick up Kissinger, Rockefeller, New York, and others.
-The number 666 really is everywhere. In Hebrew, the letter waw (or vav) carries the sound of w. It also represents the number six. -Almost every Internet address that we use every day carries the initials of the World Wide Web: WWW ... 666 ...

666: What's in a Number? By Lon Milo DuQuette FATE :: October 2005

Are you afraid of the number 666? If you were issued an automobile license plate or a telephone number that included a string of three sixes would you ask for a different number? Do you think the number 666 is inherently evil? Do you believe any number can in and of itself be evil?-The issue of FATE magazine that you are holding in your hands right at this moment is issue number 666. The 666th word in this article is "dead." -Does this make you just a little bit nervous? If it does, you are not alone. There is a name for your condition - "Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia" - the fear of the number 666. -Everyone has at least one or two superstitions that we feel somehow comfortably obliged to observe. My father was a geologist and a high-degree Freemason. He was for the most part a very logical and scientific man. Still, he was oddly superstitious about little things like spilling salt and walking under ladders. -For a lot of people the number 666 is particularly terrifying. After all, it's the devil's number, isn't it? For the better part of 2,000 years many in the Western world have certainly thought so. What is it about these three digits that makes so many of us uncomfortable? ...

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  1. "Almost every Internet address that we use every day carries the initials of the World Wide Web: WWW ... 666 ..."