Do you suffer from hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia? If so you fear the number 666: the so-called Number of the Beast. If you do, you are not alone; this series of three sixes strikes fear into the hearts of many who encounter it, even causing some people to protect themselves with the sign of the cross, although they may not be entirely sure of the reason why.
This number first occurs, other than as a nautral phenomenon, in the First Book of Kings in the Old Testament, and refers to amount of wealth that came to King Solomon, possibly because of his partnership with the Queen of Sheba. However, much of the superstition associated with the number stems from a chapter in the New Testament Book of Revelation, here quoted from the King James version.
'Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six Hundred Threescore and Six.'
Since then, there have been many theories about to whom, or what, this descriptio