666 Facebook Friends

Facebook counts how many “friends” you have, and this weekend, I had 666. I commented on it:

Facebook friends

Facebook friends

I have two things to say about that. First a comment – I think that’s probably too many friends. I have started making friend lists so I can sort & organize better. I have lists like “Biola faculty,” “Family,” “Spring 2009 Students,” and “Tucson.”

Next, a story about the number 666. I went to a private Christian school in 8th grade. I remember playing a trick on my friends by coming up with a system for calculating a person’s “spiritual number” from the letters in your name. You assign numbers to each letter (a 13 for M, a 1 for A, a 20 for T, and so on). Then you add, divide, and multiply by some other numbers. I secretly arranged the instructions so that my name would add up to 666.

Then I showed the instructions to my friends, and they all started calculating their “number” to see who had the highest number, etc. Then they asked if I had calculated my “number” yet. “No, let’s try my name,” I said. Of course it came out to be 666. They were a little freaked out.

I don’t know if I ever told them that I had created those instructions.

PS – I’ve since added a couple more friends, so I no longer have 666 friends. Just in case.

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    I clearly remember this event. Twenty five years later, the truth is now told. All this time I thought Matthew may have been the Beast.

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