Speed Reads

Only in America

Only in America: Wear 666 — or sit out

A high schooler refuses to wear bib number 666 in a cross-country race — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

A Kentucky high schooler dropped out of her cross-country regionals when she was given the bib number 666. As a devout Christian, Codie Thacker considers the number to be a sign of the devil. But race officials refused to give her a different number, so she withdrew. "I didn't want to risk my relationship with God," she said.