I'm just going to reprint the first graph, courtesy of Fox News
"Reeves, La. - After decades of living with what Mayor Scott Walker calls a stigma, residents of this southwest Louisiana village are getting a new telephone exchange, one without the biblical connotations attached to their current 666."
For the last 40 years, this town of 450 people and three churches has fought like, um, heck to ditch their 666 prefix, because that's like the mark of the beast or something, and a bad number. Not sure of the theology behind this, so let's go back to the story for a better explanation:
This year, after a resident contacted the mayor with questions about the prefix, Walker said he polled residents and found overwhelming support for a change. He worked with the phone company, CenturyTel, and the state Public Service Commission among others to make the change. He said he began publicizing the option Sunday, addressing first the local churches and then reaching out to local media.
"It's been a black eye for our town, a stigma," he said. "I don't think it's anything bad on us, just an image."
Walker said one of the biggest hangups he's had, both as mayor and as a lifelong resident of Reeves, is the reaction he's gotten when giving people his number. He describes it as a pause, followed by the admonition: "Y'all have to change that."
"That's what we're trying to get rid of," he said. "This is a good town. ... We're good Christian people.
And now, thank God, they have the phone number to prove it.