On Twitter today, I mentioned that today is 9/9/09, and people should honor that by giving a shit. In response, I got a lot of jokes about how 9/9/09 is the sign of the upside down beast, or similar. I didn’t realize at the time that one of the biggest news stories of the dayâ€”a few Bolivians hijacking a commercial plane in Mexicoâ€”was spurred by just such a stupid belief.
Reader Daniela just tipped us off to this article at ElUniversal.com (here’s the English translation), which breaks the news that hijacker Josmar
Aeromexico Flores Pereira is a pastor who believed he received a divine revelation from the Holy Spirit encouraging him to take the plane today because of the upside down significance of the date.
Once again, we have a case of a seemingly absurd belief that results in very serious consequences. Thanks to a bit of luck and I imagine a lot of skill of the Mexican police forces, not a single shot was fired and not a single person was injured.
(edit: possibly his middle name is not Aeromexico. Thanks jonathanhansen.)