666! The Mark of the Beast! Almost everybody has heard something about this prophecy which says that in the last days no one will be able to buy or sell anything unless they get the "Devil's mark". Today we are the first generation with the technology available to fulfil such a prophecy of a "cashless" society. For instance, every item in my shopping basket is barcoded with its own personal identification number.You may have noticed that this barcode, known as the Uniform Product Code System, has 3 unnumbered bars or lines at its beginning, middle & end which are slightly longer than its other bars. All these other lines correspond to a different number. Pay attention to this particular line. It is designated as corresponding to the number six. As you can see, it is exactly the same as the 3 unmarked lines that are also sixes. So every barcoded item is in fact marked with a 666.Do you get what he is talking about on the first try? I sure didn't and actually had to look at the barcode on my coffee. Which probably just proves how clueless I am about all these sinister doings. Anyhow, if you are as naive as me, let's examine a typical barcode:
Ok, look at the two longer lines left of the 9, between the 4 and 1, and to the right of the 7: these, if you feel so inclined, each represent the number 6. Why? I don't know. They just do, alright? And no, those lines aren't there to give the scanner some orientation where the barcode begins and ends. Now stop asking pesky rational questions or I have to assume you already were converted by the Illuminati.
I Feel Your Energy!
Seeing that this hasn't caught on in North America as much as it should have, I sense a business opportunity. You just wait for my deluxe interference elimination cardboard pyramids ($666, just place the food under one) and all will be well!Pictures courtesy of "Pranavian" and "Sakurambo".