I had been noticing an odd rattling sound coming from the dash of my car from time to time. I’d press and press on the little plastic covers on all the dials, hold the radio buttons down, etc., all to no avail. It would come and go at random times. I’d also notice occasionally, as I’d glance at the odometer, that I could have sworn I’d already passed that particular mileage.
One day I just happened to look down at the odometer and noticed that it was at 66,665.2 (or something like that), soon to be coming up on double triple sixes - YIKES! I watched as I passed 666666 and it turned over to 666667, and heaved a sigh of relief that my car didn’t spontaneously combust.
I came to a stop sign shortly thereafter and when I accelerated I started hearing that annoying little rattle again. GRRRRR - Where is that stupid noise coming from? I start feeling around to see where it might be, and as I’m looking down at my dash, I see my odometer spinning at an extremely rapid speed — backwards!
It stops when I come to my next stop. Upon accelerating again, it now starts going forward and I have to drive past 666666 again!
Besides the fact that I’m the only person I’ve ever known whose odometer randomly spins backwards, taking miles off my car, I thought it was fairly interesting that I only noticed it when I passed that spooky number.
“The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.” – Lily Tomlin