Spring Lake Park couple pays to change devilish street address

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It's been two years since a Spring Lake Park couple moved into their house on Ione Avenue, but they've had a devil of a time getting used to their address.

Karen Ellingsworth and Lenny Grossman say they finally had to change their house number: 666, the Star Tribune reports.

The number has been associated with the satanic images and evil doing. The Book of Revelation in the Bible's New Testament refers to 666 as the "number of the beast," while horror films like "The Omen" and "Rosemary's Baby" connect the number to the devil.

The negative connotation with the number prompted the couple to request a street number change – not because they are superstitious, but because of the reaction they'd get from others, they told the Star Tribune.

First it was the DMV clerk who gave them a sideways look when they went to change their address. Then it was contract workers who said the address gave them pause, they told the newspaper.

All the raised eyebrows led the couple to ask the Spring Lake Park City Council to change their street number, which the city council unanimously agreed to do during Monday's meeting.

“We are more than happy to do that,” City Administrator Daniel Buchholtz told the Star Tribune. “We can understand why they wanted to change that address.”

The switch to street number 668 will cost them about $100, but the couple says it's money well spent.

The couple's new address will go into effect 30 days after publication of the ordinance, which will allow the city, county, and fire and police departments to get the proper documents, according to the city council meeting.

This isn't the first time a resident has requested an address change to avoid the devilish number. A city council member recalled Monday that a church on Mississippi Street in Spring Lake Park had also changed its address from 666. The Los Angeles Times says that when President Reagan left office, he and Nancy moved into 666 St. Cloud Road in Bel-Air, but had the address changed to 668.

Does all this sound a little odd? It wouldn't to British writer and numbers geek Alex Bellos, author of the new book, "The Grapes of Math," who says that people have deep emotional reactions to certain numbers. A survey he conducted asked respondents to name their favorite number, and a clear winner emerged: 7.

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