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Satanic Fritos bag

On December 19, 2006, I bought a 4 ounce bag of Fritos at a store in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Later that evening, I noticed something unusual about the Fritos bag. Below the price was an 11-digit number which began with the numbers 666. (The mark of the beast.)

This is something I never like to see. Several years ago I bought some things at a store, the total came to $6.66 and the cashier burst into flames.

As I looked at the other numbers on the Fritos bag I noticed that the number 13 kept appearing over and over and over again.

The 2 digits after 666 were 13. When I added up the remaining 6 digits (2+2+3+3+3+0) the total was also 13. Below this 11-digit number was 13:30. The expiration date was Jan 23. Assuming that this meant Jan 23, 2007, when I added up the digits in a shorthand form of this date (1/23/07), the total was again 13. And at the bottom of the package where the weight was given as "NET WT. 4 OZ. [113.4 g]," I found that besides there being a 13 in the gram weight, the total of the digits in this line (4+1+1+3+4) also equaled 13.

I don't know if 13 is associated with Satan like 666, but it is unlucky. According to Wikipedia, "some Christian traditions have it that at the Last Supper Judas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, was the 13th to sit at the table, and that for this reason 13 is considered to carry a curse of sorts." [1] Judas also betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. [2] The number 30 appeared twice on the Fritos bag. It was the last two digits in the 11-digit number and it was also in the 13:30 below the 11-digit number.

Wikipedia gives other possible explanations for the unlucky association of 13, but the Judas explanation seems the strongest, given the 666 connection on the Fritos bag. (There are also some positive Christian associations with 13 like 13 apostles, etc., so those are other possible interpretations of 13.) [1]

Also, the price of the Fritos was 99 cents. This digitally adds up to 18 (9+9), the same as 666's digital total (6+6+6).

The photographic evidence is located at the top of this posting. Judge for yourself. I await your comments. *

* I'm not sure how to interpret the Jan 23, 2007 expiration date. Maybe something bad is going to happen on that date. On the other hand, the Fritos bag says "Guaranteed fresh until the printed date." So maybe the bad omens will expire on that date. Another possible interpretation is that Jan 23 or 1/23 digitally adds up to 6 (1+2+3). Therefore, three Jan 23s equals 666. So maybe something bad will happen on the third Jan 23rd which falls on Jan 23, 2009. Or maybe the bad omens will be over on that date.

Nothing bad (outside of the usual) happened on January 23, 2007. At least that I'm aware of. Neither did the usual bad things stop after that date.

So either January 23, 2009 is the correct date, January 23 has no significance or I've misinterpreted its assumed meaning.

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[1] Wikipedia. 13 (number)
[2] Wikipedia. Judas Iscariot

posted: monday, february 19, 2007, 6:17 AM ET
originally posted on blog on 12/28/06 and 2/1/07 in slightly different forms.
update: friday, march 2, 2007, 6:39 AM ET

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