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Monster Energy Drink Makes the Devil Laugh?

Have you heard that Monster energy drinks make the devil laugh ? So says a viral video in which a simple soul instructs the public that the Monster logo looks like the Hebrew letter vav (equivalent to the number 6) chained together thrice. Yes, says the woman in the video, the logo on the can actually translates to 666, the Number of the Beast.

Let's forget for a moment that 666 is not merely three sixes chained together, but 600 + 60 + 6 (and therefore mem + samek + vav, which would look a whole lot different from the Monster “m!”) We can even forget the fact that radical fundamentalists have already tried to make the same claim about the World Wide Web – and similarly dubious claims about Santa being an alias for the devil . . .

Let's even forget that if anything is diabolical about a product like the Monster BFC, it's the amount of caffeine in a 32 oz can – and the fact that it's more than three times the recommended caffeine intake for the teens at whom this product is marketed.

What really offends me is when the woman in the video says this: “ And what is witchcraft? When the cross goes upside down. Bottoms up! And the Devil laughs.

OK lady, let's get a few things straight here!

  1. The cross is one of the most ancient symbols known to humankind. Probably the only symbol older is a circle.

  2. While many of the ancient crosses are equal-armed, unlike the cross of the crucifixion, even that cross predates Christianity . The 2013 discovery of a cross-shaped building at Tell Khaiber indicates that this cross predates even Abraham himself.

  3. Contemporary Pagans use a variety of symbols that relate to our various religious paths. In contemporary Witchcraft or Wicca the most commonly used symbol is the pentagram, a five-pointed star that symbolizes our relationship with creation We have no need to co-opt a symbol that has significance for Christians, and no desire to offend another faith by reversing one of its most sacred icons.

If I needed a reason to be put off Monster energy drinks – and trust me, just the smell of those vile things is enough to make me contemplate eating century eggs instead – it wouldn't be some trumped up association with a devil whose real job is supposed to be tempting and testing humanity. If anything, that's about the only reason this imagined Satanic link to the beverage makes any sense at all!

This viral video and the woman featured in it, stand as one of the very best examples of how just a little bit of knowledge can make someone dangerous. Somebody get this lady a tinfoil hat! And a referral to a good rabbi . . .

This is my Video category entry for Dawnwriter 's A-W Category Challenge .

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celticeagle wrote on November 12, 2014, 1:43 AM

I remember when a representative for Monster Energy Drinks came to my work place one day and we all tried some of the stuff. It was nasty. I will stay with my same ole coffee latte, thank you very much. And as far as this person saying stuff about the cross. Let her. She can say what she wants and Karma can be a real B*tch .

iwrite28 wrote on November 12, 2014, 6:45 AM

I have never tried an energy drink, but the information about the logo was most interesting.

AliCanary wrote on November 12, 2014, 1:13 PM

God save us from whackos. That said, yeah, nobody should be drinking that much caffeine unless their survival depends on it. I've been known to resort to a sugar-free can of Rockstar to help get me through a long road trip with perishing in a fireball.

Ruby3881 wrote on November 12, 2014, 2:05 PM

LOL, I'm not angry with her! She's more of an annoyance. Actually, I'd be more annoyed with the likes of this woman if I were Christian. This is the type that gives Christianity a bad name. If there's any karma for her in all of this, it will be for that I think!

Ruby3881 wrote on November 12, 2014, 2:06 PM

Were you convinced by the whole 666 mark of the Beast argument?

Ruby3881 wrote on November 12, 2014, 2:55 PM

I hear you! Sometimes the caffeine can be a godsend. But kids under 18 shouldn't be quaffing the stuff like it's mother's milk.

Ruby3881 wrote on November 12, 2014, 3:11 PM

Thank you for confirming the part about the Hebrew. It seems you are quite passionate about gematria! It was never a major preoccupation for me, nor was Hebrew. I learned a few rudiments, because some texts required at least a basic vocabulary associated with Qabalah.

I don't think these people have any clue that what they are carrying on about is so inaccurate. They frequently take the example of some uneducated "pastor" whose level of literacy barely allows him to read the most modern translations of the Bible, let alone the original Greek, Hebrew or Aramaic passages.

They have no idea of scholarship, and no grasp of the fact that most genuine clergy have at the very least a master's degree in Divinity. They are taught a corrupted form of exegesis that is no more Biblical study than article spinning is authorship. You can't just run through a Biblical passage with a paint by numbers chart or a thesaurus, and gain "deeper meaning" by plunking in a few convenient substitutions. But this is the poor example that has been set for them. It's truly sad...

Ellis wrote on November 12, 2014, 3:17 PM

Any advert that smacks of a challenge, a threat or an instruction to me, the perceived dumb viewer, I find I would boycott this product anyway...

Ruby3881 wrote on November 12, 2014, 3:59 PM

What, you mean their "unleash the beast" tagline? Kind of silly, because an energy drink is supposed to help you stay alert and focused. I figure if I'm going to feel somehow less than human from drinking something that's intended to help me focus on the tasks of daily human existence, it totally defeats the purpose.

I agree: their ad campaign insults my intelligence. But it's the product itself that I find most offensive. I don't need some nut job trying to tell me if I drink the stuff the devil will laugh, in order to know enough not to drink it.

Dewines wrote on November 12, 2014, 5:57 PM

Alternatively, one can say that 3x vau is 3x6 = 18 which reduces to 9, which is the number of completion.

celticeagle wrote on November 12, 2014, 8:34 PM

I see. I am not Christian either but I do respect the icon(as it were) and agree this is the type that gives Christianity a bad name. Bah humbug!

Ruby3881 wrote on November 16, 2014, 3:02 AM

Well done! So Monster, if anything, is a filling drink that will satisfy the consumer :)

raighmon wrote on November 18, 2014, 6:50 PM

What I don't understand today is everything in this world has a meaning, as though we live in fear.

BrenndaMarie wrote on November 30, 2014, 6:00 AM

They are actually making it that you have to show id to buy this drink because it is cause health issues with teenagers.

Ruby3881 wrote on December 1, 2014, 4:17 AM

I'd love to have been a fly on the wall for some of those conversations! Would that I'd had a friend like you to talk religion with, when I was in school!

Ruby3881 wrote on December 1, 2014, 4:18 AM

I think there are a lot of people who look for things tat really aren't there. And yes, most of them live lives that are rooted in fear.

Ruby3881 wrote on December 1, 2014, 4:22 AM

Unless governments pass laws restricting access to adults only, asking for ID will only ever be an internal policy. Kids will simply go to another store that doesn't ask for ID. I'd rather see laws passed that regulate how much caffeine can be in a drink, and demand labelling be more clear too. Some of these drinks have hidden caffeine too, on top of what's declared.

BrenndaMarie wrote on December 1, 2014, 8:43 AM

I agree there should be laws in this area. My son is a teenager and although he does not uses these product some of his friends do and it does concern me.

seren3 wrote on January 12, 2015, 9:08 PM

Mostif not all symbols pre-date Christianity and Judaism. And the creation myths do too. But I think the level of caffeine in this drink could be Satanic emoticon :winking: .