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647-What the??

Published as part of the February 13, 2013 edition.


D.L. russell

Since 1991, I have had a strange relationship with a very strange number-647. I don't know the exact day it started, all I know is I was already out of the Army, which I was discharged from in October 1991. It started out with time. Every 6:47 a.m. and every 6:47 p.m., I would find myself looking at the time. No matter if I was at work, home, or riding in my car, I would look at a clock, a watch, or even a cell phone and see the number 647.

It didn't take long for me to put the pattern together. Things like that don't usually slip by me, but this one made no sense. Why would I find myself looking at the time, everyday, twice a day, at 6:47?

Eventually, I started seeing the number in other places. I would be in a store and my total purchase would equal $6.47. I would count certain parts at work, and the sum would come out the same. Recently, I even saw the number as 7:46 on the clock in my car. What made this more amazing was that my clock was an hour behind from the recent daylight savings time change. Once I realized the numerical- anagram, I looked at my cell phone and indeed 6:47 was the time. My car clock was known to drift off by a minute or two over time, forcing me to always adjust it and at that moment it was off by one minute and one hour.

As June 4, 2007 approached, I was so nervous I found it hard to live. I was sure the number correlated with the date, which would be the day my life would end. I stayed in all that day; unable to eat, sleep, or concentrate. If my fate was to die on that day, I would not go willingly, I would not get behind the wheel of a car, I would not operate a piece of dangerous equipment on the job, and I would not go out into the world with all its traps, pitfalls, and devil's dens. No, if I was to have my life taken on that day, it would have to be from a heart attack, stroke, or maybe a ceiling fan crashing down on my head.

Obviously, the day came and went, but the sightings would continue. To this day, I still see the number 6:47 daily. It's been more than 20 years now, I dare say it has become somewhat a comfort to me. I go through this life as if I have this weird affliction, for a weird number, and its consistent entry in my life has become my companion. My brother in arms, and I find myself breathing a sigh of relief after its appearance.

Once, I even asked a friend, who claimed his wife had psychic abilities. He told me she could find no connection to anything, psychic or otherwise, which would explain my relationship with 647. I believe his exact words were, "she didn't feel anything about the number was significant to me."

In the last 20 years, I have only told a few people about this number, and my daily sightings of it. Most look at me as if I am crazy, or weird, which I am, but they all knew that before I told them about 647.

Now I'd like to know what you think. If any of you have had a similar relationship with a similar number, go to dlrussellsblog. com and let me know. I'd appreciate it.


D.L. Russell is an author of Horror and Dark Fantasy and the co-founder and editor of Strange, Weird, and Wonderful Publishing. You can also visit his blog at www.dlrussellsblog.com.

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