It’s simply not true. All the conspiracy nutjob whack-a-doodle urban myth nonsense about UPC barcodes containing 666, the so called Mark of the Beast are bullshit. Period.
Me? I'm a loving husband, dad, & grandpa, responsible small business owner, and in general a moral person. Raised in the church, now a practicing Buddhist. Nice guy, hardly Satan’s little helper last time I checked. I don’t even like Halloween. Day of the Dead yes, Halloween no. FYI, I do cast a shadow.
So how did this urban myth get started? It all begins with a misinterpretation of Revelation 13:16-18, and I quote:
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
King James Version 2000
16 Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead,
17 so that no one buy or sell who does not have the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.
18 This calls for wisdom: let anyone with understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a person. Its number is six hundred sixty-six.
New Oxford Annotated Bible
666: when the shit hits the fan no one will be able to do commerce without the mark of the beast on their right hand or forehead. Point #1: barcodes are on things, not people. If all of this were true, I’d expect the rapture born again speaking in tongues tent revival snake handling crowd to rush out and get a barcode tattoo. None seem to have.
Where is this rumored 666 in UPC barcodes?
Read about 666 and barcodes. Everyone points to the left, middle, and right guard bars in UPC barcodes. The guard bars are reference points for barcode scanners. In and of themselves, they don’t encode any information, especially not a 6. Sorry, nothing here to talk about.
666 trivia: 666 is a both repdigit and a palindrome. 666 the sum of the first 36 natural numbers. 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 + 9 + 10 + 11 + 12 + 13 + 14 + 15 + 16 +17 + 18 + 19 + 20 + 21 + 22 + 23 + 24 + 25 + 26 + 27 + 28 + 29 + 30 + 31 + 32 + 33 + 34 + 35 + 36 = 666
666 the sum of the squares of the first seven prime numbers. 2² + 3² + 5² + 7² + 11² + 13² + 17² = 666
666 is 29A in hex and 1010011010 in binary. There are 6 sixes in 6666 (87,266,061,345,623,616) and 6 x 6 x 6 = 216, my hometown's area code. Cleveland. Cleveland Ohio.
Lastly, hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia is the term for people who fear the number 666.
Again, I’ just your average vegetarian, left of center householder. Satan has no more interest in barcodes than I do in her.