There is a numerology system for the English language that succeeds in linking the word “Hitler” to the famous number of the Beast, 666. If you take A as equal to 100, B to 101, etc, then the letters for HITLER equal 666.
Bill Clinton was born Billy Blythe and adopted his stepfather’s name Clinton as a teenager. You can therefore say that his real name is Blythe. This is interesting because using the same method as above BLYTHE = 666. How unusual is it for a leader’s name to total 666? –Thomas Fox, Baltimore
Pretty unusual, I’d venture to say, for any leader whose name doesn’t have six letters in it. But you’re missing the boat by focusing on government leaders. If you’ve ever spent any time with computer nerds, you know the real Antichrist is Bill Gates, the head of Microsoft. Gates’s full name is William Henry Gates III. According to one theory floating around the Net, if you take BILL GATES 3 and convert to ASCII values, you get 66 + 73 + 76 + 76 + 71 + 65 + 84 + 69 + 83 + 3 = 666. As folklorist Bill Ellis points out, the only problem is that neither 3 nor III has the ASCII value 3. But when you’re talking about a guy who seeks world domination and invented the 640K limit, why sweat the small stuff?
More and more often I have been coming across claims that homosexuality is genetic and not learned. Who proved this? Did they really isolate a gene that predisposes one to develop homosexual interests, or did they just find a pair of identical twins separated at birth who were later discovered to have developed into homosexual adults? Are there similar genes for pedophiles, necrophiles, or foot fetish– [question truncated] –Homo Phobe
Sometimes you just have to know when to shut up, chum. Despite what you may have seen, nobody except headline writers seriously thinks there’s a “gay gene,” i.e., if you’ve got it you’re gay and if you don’t you’re not. However, there may be some genetic basis for homosexuality, as shown by the following research:
So OK, maybe your genes have some influence on your sexual preference. But how you get from DNA markers to Castro Street–that is, how genes affect that rat’s nest of thoughts and behavior we call sexual identity–we’re still a long way from finding out.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): illustration/Slug Signorino.