Ruth Gledhill has spotted that a parliamentary motion to disestablish the Church of England has been assigned the number 666. The best explanation I've heard of what the 'number of the beast' stands for (apart from the one equating it with Ronald Reagan), explains it in terms of Hebrew number symbolism:
6 = the number of man (created on the 6th day)
3 = the number of God (e.g. 'holy, holy, holy')
So 666 = man trying to be God whether the Caesars of New Testament times, or the current Korean dictatorship, each is a manifestation of the same spirit, all of which in turn goes back to the first words of the devil '...and you will be like God'
Whilst we're on the subject, you don't need a brain the size of a planet to work out why the answer to life, the universe and everything is 42.
6 = the number of man
7 = the number of perfection (creation completed on the 7th day and 'very good')
42 = 6x7, a perfect man.
....and we all know who that is...