Hell, Michigan, that is. The “Hellions” are planning one hell of a party today, 6/6/06, a.k.a. the Day of the Beast:
HELL, Mich. – They’re planning a hot time in Hell on Tuesday. The day bears the date of 6-6-06, or abbreviated as 666 – a number that carries hellish significance. And there’s not a snowball’s chance in Hell that the day will go unnoticed in the unincorporated hamlet 60 miles west of Detroit.
Nobody is more fired up than John Colone, the town’s self-styled mayor and owner of a souvenir shop.
“I’ve got `666′ T-shirts and mugs. I’m only ordering 666 (of the items) so once they’re gone, that’s it,” said Colone, also known as Odum Plenty. “Everyone who comes will get a letter of authenticity saying you’ve celebrated June 6, 2006, in Hell.”
Most of Colone’s wares will sell for $6.66, including deeds to one square inch of Hell.
It makes me feel homesick for southeast Michigan. Certainly the response of the denizens of Hell is healthier than the idiocy of trying to induce labor to prevent one’s baby from being born on 6/6/06 or of that attack dog of the far right Ann Coulter releasing her latest screed against liberals called Godless: The Church of Liberalism. (Releasing a book called Godless on 6/6/06, how obvious.)
Me, I’ll be celebrating the 14th anniversary of the day my wife and I entered into wedded bliss, and that makes today a fine day indeed.
Of course, if you can’t make it to Michigan or don’t happen to have a wedding anniversary today (or don’t happen to be a wingnut who can’t wait to lap up the latest poorly researched polemic by Coulter), you shouldn’t feel left out. There’s always celebrating 6/6/06 as the National Day of Slayer. Get that old copy of Reign in Blood out and let ‘er rip! What? You don’t have a copy of Reign in Blood? Now’s the perfect time to get one!
Meanwhile, Earvolution celebrates 6/6/06 by posting a list of the Top 25 Devil Songs. Two glaring omissions: AC/DC’s Hell’s Bells or the Charlie Daniels Band’s The Devil Went Down To Georgia.