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Mon, Nov. 1st, 2004, 09:45 pm
scrapdog: The Highway of the Beast

I knew it was going to happen sooner or later.

Yep.  R.I.P., US Highway 666.

I am the world's biggest road geek and one of my dreams was to drive the remaining stretch of U.S. 666 before it got decommissioned and renumbered.  Alas, the Rand McNally® Road Atlas2005 was the bearer of shattered dreams.

Apparently, not as many people in New Mexico or Utah embrace Satan as I thought.

Well, people, you can no longer blame this highway's notoriously high death toll on Satan.  You just lost yourself a free scapegoat, folks.  Renumbering the highway to 491 means from now on, you're gonna have to take responsibility for your own shitty driving.

It does makes me sad though.  Shattered dreams.  Shattered dreams, I tell ya.

U.S. 666 was established in 1926... it ran from the border of Mexico near Douglas, AZ up into New Mexico, through the corner of Colorado into southeast Utah where it terminated at US 191.  It was numbered 666 for being the sixth branch of the now defunct US 66.  This logic dictates that it probably wasn't numbered in honor of Satan...

...but this sign does look kinda creepy, doesn't it?

Arizona renumbered its portion to 191 back in 1992.  The remaining three states caved into the pressure in 2003.

Tue, Nov. 2nd, 2004 04:25 am (UTC)

This is too bad, as it revives certain memories for me seeing the exit while driving through Gallup, NM, and taking it just for the "hell" of it. Highway 666, too, really kind of fell in line with the spirit of the area itself..out there, there's a certain persistent mystique that defines itself in the beauty of the area.

So should I take these posts today as a sign that we're not necessarily talking about humor in technology around here anymore?

Tue, Nov. 2nd, 2004 04:34 am (UTC)

Nope, Luddites can be geeks too. I know plenty.

Being a geek does not necessarily entail a relationship with technology; the key thing is one or more obsessions with things that the non-elites usually take for granted.
(Me, spending most of my childhood staring at the road atlas, f'rinstance)

So, if you've got any Rainman-esque obsessions, and you can talk about them, you'll fit in here. Unless of course it's something like a shoe fetish... there are other communities for that sort of thing that are well beyond their infancy.

Tue, Nov. 2nd, 2004 04:52 am (UTC)

Ah okay, now I see the distinction. You wanna talk about Rainman-esque obsessions? Rainman-esque obsessions is my middle name.

Tue, Nov. 2nd, 2004 03:57 pm (UTC)

I keep a copy of an updated Rand McNally® Road Atlas on the magazine rack next to my toilet at all times.

Uncle John's Bathroom Reader is nothin' compared to a good road atlas next to the throne.

Tue, Nov. 2nd, 2004 10:26 pm (UTC)

Uncle John's Bathroom Reader is nothin' compared to a good road atlas next to the throne.

Hear, hear. Glad to hear that someone else is an Atlas geek.

Tue, Nov. 2nd, 2004 10:28 pm (UTC)

I recall with fondness an article in this hard hitting News magazine called Mad magazine about companies cavinbg to pressure of interest groups...an anti-gambling group targeted 7-11, and they agreed that they needed to change their number, so they went with 666.