Gasoline of the beast

It’s pretty much a nonsense post, but I found it amusing, so why not bother the rest of humanity with it, right?

Last night I passed by the gas station to fill out my car’s tank.

The price of gasoline here has climbed to exactly 6.66 ILS per liter, which is what the display at the pump showed[1].

I passed my credit card in the pump, and entered my ID number. (A few years ago most pumps started to ask for ID numbers when you operate them yourself with a credit card. I have a hard time imagining a crime wave of people stealing credit cards only to rush to fill the gas tanks of their cars, but apparently that was imminent, as I can’t figure out another reason for this).

After the ID number the pump asked for my car’s license plate number. This is more recent, less than a year I think. Not all pumps on all gas stations do it, but the number is growing. In this case I think it’s not for crime prevention (it doesn’t stop you from entering whatever number you want), but rather to save work for people who need receipts for tax deductions. Previously you had to go to a worker at the station, and ask for a manual receipt, even if you filled the tank on your own. Something which wastes time and is quite bothersome.

I don’t tax-deduct my gas, so I don’t need my car’s license plate number on the receipt. And I don’t see any reason to give any more personal information than I really have to. So as a rule I just press the number “6″ once, and go with it[2].

And something happened to the keypad. This is a pump in a station, near my house, which I use a lot. And the keypad is usually clunky and unresponsive. But this night, I just gently touched the key, and it fired multiple time. First time this happened, in years. The result license plate number? “666″.

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  1. That’s 7 USD per gallon, with today’s exchange rate, just in case anyone is curious[back]
  2. I did mention that there’s no verification, right? “6″ is not a valid license plate number here, AFAIK[back]

2 Responses to “Gasoline of the beast”

  1. kayess says:

    Hello,

    Thought you might find this amusing! It’s a favorite of mine.

    Subj: FWD: Numbers of the Beast

    The NUMBERS of the Beast:

    666 – Number of the Beast

    668 – Neighbor of the Beast

    660 – Approximate number of the Beast

    DCLXVI – Roman numeral of the Beast

    666.0000 – Number of the High Precision Beast

    0.666 – Number of the Millibeast

    1/666 – Common Denominator of the Beast

    666[-/(-1)] – Imaginary number of the Beast

    1010011010 – Binary of the Beast

    29A – Hexidecimal of the Beast

    1-666 – Area code of the Beast

    00666 – Zip code of the Beast

    1-900-666-0666: Live Beasts! One-on-one pacts! Call Now! Only
    $6.66/minute. Over 18 only please.

    $665.95 – Retail price of the Beast

    $699.25 – Price of the Beast plus 5% state sales tax

    $769.95 – Price of the Beast with all accessories and replacement soul

    $656.66 – Wal*Mart price of the Beast

    $646.66 – Next week’s Wal*Mart price of the Beast

    Phillips 666 – Gasoline of the Beast

    Route 666 – Way of the Beast

    666 F – Oven temperature for roast Beast

    666k – Retirement plan of the Beast

    666 mg – Recommended Minimum Daily Requirement of Beast

    6.66% – 5 year CD interest rate at First Beast of Hell National Bank,
    $666 minimum deposit.

    DSM-666 (revised) – Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the Beast

    Lotus 6-6-6 – Spreadsheet of the Beast

    Word 6.66 – Word Processor of the Beast

    i66686 – CPU of the Beast

    666i – BMW of the Beast

    666-66-6666 – Social Security Number of the Beast

    666 666 – Clone of the Beast

    999 – The Beast’s Higher Self

  2. Post author comments:

    Hi Kayess,

    Yes, I’ve seen this before. Quite amusing.
    Thanks.

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