666–See ya in Hell (Michigan, that is) (6-4-06)

Matt Groening, more famous for the Simpsons, has a wonderful strip, Life in Hell, but the real Hell is in Michigan (population 72  Hellions and/or Hell-billies). The above  photo by Detroit News photographer (since 1999) Ricardo Thomas shows John Colone in front of his Screams ice cream parlor and novelty store, located in Hell.

 Colone,  also known as the town ‘s unofficial mayor, Odum Plenty, got the idea two weeks ago to gear up for Tuesday when the numbers  6-6-6 occur once in a millenium. 

Now by the way, there’s another Hell in the comix, by Tilmon Goins, Jr. of Tennessee.

 

 Colone used to have a Chevy dealership in Pinckney.  Now he features horn-eared rubber ducks,  Jesus Bobbleheads and ice cream, where chocolate chips are called bat droppings.

As he told Detroit News reporter, Valerie Olander for her June 3 story, “Hell gets ready to party like it’s 6-6-6: Livingston town plans hot time Tuesday.” 

I’ve got ‘666’ T-shirts and mugs. I’m only ordering 666 so once they’re gone, that’s it…Everyone who comes will get a letter of authenticity saying you’ve celebrated June 6, 2006, in Hell.

The children’s playground will be surrounded by the just ordered “gates of Hell.” Explains Colone,

They’re 8 feet tall and 5 foot wide and each gate looks like flames, and when they’re closed, it’s a devil’s head.

You will be able to buy a scoop of ice cream at Screams for 66 cents.  Pizzas or a square inch piece of land will go for $6.66.

Mike “Smitty” Hickey’s Dam Site Inn, offers Bloody Devils (evil twin of the Bloody Mary).

We’re all about having fun here. I don’t think we’re going to get the cult crowd, the devil worshipers or anything like that.

Annual events in Hell include:

* the Blessing of the Bikes, the holiest of days for motorcyclists

* Helluva Cruise for classic car worshippers

*Dances with Dirt run, a more than usually masochistic marathon through nearby marshes and swamps

*April 15 mail postmarked from Hell and singed around the edges (also available year round for alimony payments or birthday cards to that ex-lover to let them know you’re still in…well you get the idea.

Complained  Jason LeTeff  of the celebration,

Now, here I am living in Hell, taking my kids to church and trying to teach them the right things and the town where we live is having a 6-6-6 party.

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The library is closing but I’ve posted other links at Wikipedia.  By the way, Groening has registered a domain for the Life in Hell comics but it’s under construction and according to What the Hell Website  it’s been that way since 1998.  So until then, you can  find many of the images there.  There’s an interview with Groening at Mother Jones.

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