Okay, this might be one of the oddest history pieces I’ve ever read: 10 Strange And Obscure Secret Societies.
This cult description, though probably not the most interesting, really cracked me up:
The Order Of The Occult Hand
This group had just one goal. Its members inserted one particular phrase—”it was as if an occult hand had“—into newspapers and other publications. The group had its beginnings when Joseph Flanders, a reporter for the Charlotte News, innocently used the phrase in a report. His friends liked the wording so much that they conspired to copy it as often as possible. Pretty soon, other reporters and journalists from all over the world began using the phrase in their own stories. The conspiracy was undone in 2004, when James Fanega, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, managed to track down the perpetrators and list the publications they had infiltrated. However, the group bounced back in 2006 when leader Paul Greenberg and the chief members announced that they had picked a new phrase to carry on the tradition. So far, no one has succeeded in finding out the new phrase, which Greenberg claims has already appeared in many major outlets.
To the best of my knowledge, this group has not penetrated TDE.
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