"TITTER YE NOT"
A freshman at Yale ask's
a senior student:
"Can you tell me where the library is at?"
The senior snubbed him:
"At Yale, we never end a sentence with a
" The freshman had a second go:
"Can you tell me where the library is, you cunt?"
Yale Freshman Calls the professor: "Teacher.
"Senior: Calls the professor "Bob."
Freshman: Brings a can
of soda into a lecture hall.
Senior: Brings a jumbo
hoagie and six-pack of Budweiser into a recitation class.
Freshman: Looks forward
to first classes of the year.
Senior: Looks forward to first beer garden of the year.
YALE SKULL AND BONES 322
John Kerry George Bush
Skull and Bones, The Order, Order 322 or The Brotherhood of
University, New Haven, Connecticut. It is the oldest senior class
and society at Yale.
The society's alumni organization, the Russell Trust Association,
owns the society's real estate and oversees the organization. The
society is known informally as "Bones", and members are known as "Bonesmen".
Skull and Bones was founded in 1832 after a dispute between Yale debating societies Linonia,
Brothers in Unity, and the Calliopean Society over that season's Phi Beta Kappa awards. It was
co-founded by William Huntington Russell and Alphonso Taft as "the Order of the Skull and
The society's assets are managed by the society's alumni organization, the Russell Trust
Association, incorporated in 1856 and named after the Bones co-founder. The association was
founded by Russell and Daniel Coit Gilman, a Skull and Bones member, and later president of
the University of California, first president of Johns Hopkins University, and the founding
president of the Carnegie Institution.
The first extended description of Skull and Bones, published in 1871 by Lyman Bagg in his book
Four Years at Yale, noted that "the mystery now attending its existence forms the one great
enigma which college gossip never tires of discussing." Brooks Mather Kelley attributed the
interest in Yale senior societies to the fact that under class men members of then freshman,
sophomore, and junior class societies returned to campus the following years and could share
information about society rituals, while graduating seniors were, with their knowledge of such, at
least a step removed from campus life.
SKULL AND BONES
a windowless tomb
on the Yale campus.
Skull and Bones selects new members among students every spring as part of Yale University's "Tap Day", and has done so since 1879. Since the society's inclusion of women in the early 1990s, Skull and Bones selects fifteen men and women of the junior class
to join the society. Skull and Bones "taps" those that it views as campus leaders and other notable figures for its membership.
The Skull and Bones Hall is otherwise known as the
The building was built in three phases, the first wing was built in
1856, the second wing in 1903, and Davis-designed Neo-
Gothic towers were added to the rear garden in 1912. The front
and side facades are of Portland brownstone in an Egypto-
Doric style. The 1912 tower additions created a small enclosed
courtyard in the rear of the building, designed by Evarts Tracy
and Edgerton Swartwout of Tracy and Swartwout, New York.
Evarts was not a Bonesman, but his paternal grandmother,
Martha Sherman Evarts, and maternal grandmother, Mary
Evarts, were the sisters of William Maxwell Evarts, an 1837
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Skull And Bones Society 322
Skull & bones and nazi's?
Judith Ann Schiff, Chief Research Archivist at the Yale University Library, has
"The names of its members weren't kept secret — that was an innovation
of the 1970s — but its meetings and practices were. "While resourceful
researchers could assemble member data from these original sources, in 1985,
an anonymous source leaked rosters to Antony C. Sutton. This membership
information was kept privately for over 15 years, as Sutton feared that the
photocopied pages could somehow identify the member who leaked it. He wrote
a book on the group, America's Secret Establishment: An Introduction to the
Order of Skull and Bones. The information was finally reformatted as an
appendix in the book Fleshing out Skull and Bones, a compilation edited by Kris
Millegan and published in 2003.
The Germanic Thule Society, which brought and funded Hitler's Nazi SS
Stormtroopers and Gestapo rise to power, was the Sister Organization of the Skull
and Bones Society at Yale, which brought the same vile Nazi League Hitler
funding Bush Family to power, to both accelerate the growth of the Germanic CIA and the fast tracked Gestapo Deparment of
Homeland Security, with its SS units and FEMA Camps, ready to focus as Concentration Camps to Political order. Aided by today's technological and chemical weapons form in control or extermination. They have their own verminous Himmler combinations with Cheney and Chemical Ali Rumsfeld.
Among prominent alumni are former President and Supreme Court Justice William Howard Taft (a founder's son); former Presidents George H. W. Bush and his son, George W. Bush; Supreme Court Justices Morrison R. Waite and Potter Stewart; James Jesus Angleton, "mother of the Central Intelligence Agency"; Henry Stimson, U.S.
Secretary of War (1940-1945); U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert A. Lovett, who directed
the Korean War, William B. Washburn, Governor of Massachusetts; and Henry Luce,
founder and publisher of Time, Life, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated magazines.
John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State and former U.S. Senator; Stephen A. Schwarzman,
founder of the Blackstone Group; Austan Goolsbee, Chairman of Barack Obama's Council
of Economic Advisers; Harold Stanley, co-founder of Morgan Stanley; and Frederick W.
Smith, founder of FedEx, are all reported to be members.
One legend is that the numbers in the society's emblem ("322") represent "founded in '32,
2nd corps", referring to a first Corps in an unknown German university. Others suggest
that 322 refers to the death of Demosthenes and that documents in the Tomb have
purportedly been found dated to "Anno Demostheni".
Members are assigned nicknames (e.g., "Long Devil", the tallest member, and "Boaz", a
varsity football captain, or "Sherrife" prince of future).Many of the chosen names are
drawn from literature (e.g., "Hamlet", "Uncle Remus"), religion, and myth.The banker
Lewis Lapham passed on his nickname, "Sancho Panza", to the political adviser Tex
McCrary. Averell Harriman was "Thor", Henry Luce was "Baal", McGeorge Bundy was
"Odin", and George H. W. Bush was "Magog".
In the 2004 U.S. Presidential election, both the Democratic and Republican nominees
were alumni. George W.Bush wrote in his autobiography, "In my senior year I joined Skull
and Bones, a secret society; so secret, I can't say anything more." When asked what it
meant that he and Bush were both Bonesmen, former Presidential candidate John Kerry
said, "Not much, because it's a secret."
The society's current class meets every Thursday and Sunday night during their senior year. Skull and Bones has a reputation for stealing keepsakes from other Yale societies or from campus buildings; society members reportedly call the practice "crooking" and strive to outdo each other's "crooks". The society has been accused of possessing the stolen skulls of Martin Van Buren, Geronimo, and Pancho Villa.
The group Skull and Bones is featured in conspiracy theories, which claim that the society plays a role in a globalist/corporatist
conspiracy for world control. Theorists such as Alexandra Robbins suggest that Skull and Bones is a branch of the Illuminati, or that
Skull and Bones itself controls the Central Intelligence Agency. Books written about the society include economist Antony C. Sutton's
America's Secret Establishment:
An Introduction to the Order of Skull & Bones and Kris Millegan's 2003 Fleshing Out Skull and Bones.
The architectural attribution of the original hall is in dispute. The
architect was possibly Alexander Jackson Davis or Henry
Austin. Architectural historian Patrick Pinnell includes an in
depth discussion of the dispute over the identity of the original architect in his
1999 Yale campus history. Pinnell speculates that the re-use of the Davis towers
in 1911 suggests Davis's role in the original building and, conversely, Austin was
responsible for the architecturally similar brownstone Egyptian Revival Grove
Street Cemetery gates, built in 1845. Pinnell also discusses the "Tomb's"
aesthetic place in relation to its neighbors, including the Yale University Art
Gallery. In the late 1990s, New Hampshire landscape architects Saucier and
Flynn designed the wrought iron fence that currently surrounds a portion of the
The society owns and manages Deer Island, an island retreat on the St
Lawrence River. Alexandra Robbins, author of a book on Yale secret societies,
The forty-acre retreat is intended to give Bonesmen an opportunity to "get
together and rekindle old friendships." A century ago the island sported tennis
courts and its softball fields were surrounded by rhubarb plants and gooseberry bushes. Catboats waited on the lake. Stewards catered elegant meals. But although each new Skull and Bones member still visits Deer Island, the place leaves something to be desired. "Now it is just a bunch of burned-out stone buildings," a patriarch sighs. "It's basically ruins." Another Bones-man says that
to call the island "rustic" would be to glorify it. "It's a dump, but it's beautiful." Skull and Bones membership developed a reputation in association with the "Power Elite". Regarding the qualifications for membership Lanny Davis wrote in the 1968 Yale yearbook:
If the society had a good year, this is what the "ideal" group will consist of:
a football captain; a Chairman of the Yale Daily News; a conspicuous radical; a Whiffenpoof; a swimming captain; a notorious drunk with a 94 average; a film-maker; a political columnist; a religious group leader; a Chairman of the Lit; a foreigner; a ladies' man with two motorcycles; an ex-service man; a negro, if there
are enough to go around; a guy nobody else in the group have heard of.
Like other Yale senior societies, Skull and Bones membership was almost exclusively limited to white Protestant males for much of its history. While Yale itself had exclusionary policies directed at particular ethnic and religious groups, the senior societies were
even more exclusionary. While some Catholics were able to join such groups, Jews were more often not. Some of these excluded groups eventually entered Skull and Bones by means of sports, through the
society's practice of tapping standout athletes. Star football players included the
first Jewish (Al Hessberg, class of 1938) and African-American ( Levi Jackson,
class of 1950, who turned down the invitation for the Berzelius Society) students
to be tapped for Skull and Bones.
Yale became coeducational in 1969, yet Skull and Bones remained fully male
until 1992. The Bones class of 1971's attempt to tap women for membership
was opposed by Bones alumni, who dubbed them the "bad club" and quashed
their attempt. "The issue", as it came to be called by Bones-men was debated
The class of 1991 tapped seven female members for membership in the next
year's class, causing conflict with their own alumni association,
the Russell Trust The Trust changed the locks on the Tomb and the Bones-
men instead met in the Manuscript Society building. A mail-in vote by members
decided 368-320 to permit women in the society, but a group of alumni led by
William F. Buckley obtained a temporary restraining order to block the move,
arguing that a formal change in bylaws was needed. Other alumni, such as John
Kerry and R. Inslee Clark, Jr., spoke out in favor of admitting women. The dispute
was highlighted on an editorial page of The New York Times. A second alumn
vote, in October 1991, agreed to accept the Class of 1992, and the lawsuit was
Skull and Bones has been satirized from time to time in the
Doonesbury comic strips by Garry Trudeau, Yale graduate and
Scroll and Key member. There are overt references, especially in
1980 and December 1988, with reference to George H. W. Bush,
and again when the society first admitted women.
In The Simpsons, the character Montgomery Burns attended Yale
and was a member of Skull and Bones.
In Family Guy Season 5, Episode 16 "No Chris Left Behind"
Carter Pewterschmidt is revealed to be a member of the Society
and briefly admits Chris into the society until he asks to attend his
In American Dad! Season 2, Episode 10 "Bush Comes To Dinner",
George W. Bush arrives to dinner at Stan's home. He is distracted
by Roger and handed 2 alcoholic drinks; as Bush is portrayed as a
recovering alcoholic he then runs around town performing zany
antics and "doing the Skull and Bones", which involves a wacky dance and melody.
In the 1960s Batman episode " Fine Finny Fiends " (season 1, episode 33), during a party of Gotham City millionaires at Stately Wayne Manor, a guest references a painting of a man in a Yale sweater, to which Aunt Harriet remarks that it is Bruce Wayne's
great-grandfather, and that he founded Skull and Bones.
The Skulls (2000) and The Skulls II (2002) films are based on the conspiracy theories surrounding Skull and Bones. A third film, The Skulls III (2004), is based on the first woman to be "tapped" to join the society.
The society is also referenced in F. Scott Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise (1920).
In the 2008 episode of Gossip Girl entitled " New Haven Can Wait ", Chuck Bass is recruited as a possible Skull and Bones prospect while visiting the Yale campus.
The Veronica Mars finale, " The Bitch is Back ", describes the founding of a college secret society by a former member of Yale's
Skull and Bones.
THE MISFITS - SKULLS
C. Montgomery Burns - Smithers, I believe this dog
was in the Skull and Bones!
SKULL and BONES 322 Worse than the Ku Klux Klan?
Both of the "major" 2004 presidential candidates were inducted
into one of the country's most infamous secret societies, Skull &
Bones at Yale University back in the 1960s. Just think about the odds—out of approximately 800 Bonesmen alive today, two of
them ran against each other for president of the United States—
out of a population of more than 300 million people! That's quite a
coincidence, don't you think?
Founded in 1832, The Order of Skull and Bones (formally known
as the Brotherhood of Death ) is Yale's oldest secret society.
Headquartered in a "windowless tomb" on High Street, Skull and
Bones is only open to 15 Yale seniors, who are "tapped" to join in
the spring of their junior year.
"Those on the inside know it as The Order. Others have known it
for more than 150 years as Chapter 322 of a German secret
society. More formally, for legal purposes, The Order was
incorporated as The Russell Trust in 1856. It was also once known as the 'Brotherhood of Death'. Those who make light of it, or want to make fun of it, call it 'Skull & Bones', or just plain 'Bones'."
"So, according to Skull and Bones lore . . . in 322 B.C., a Greek orator died. When he died, the goddess Eulogia, the goddess,
whom Skull and Bones called the goddess of eloquence, arose to the heavens and didn't happen to come back down until 1832, when she happened to take up residence in the tomb of Skull and Bones. Now Skull and Bones does everything in deference to this goddess. They have songs or . . . sacred anthems that they sing when they are encouraged to steal things, some remarkably valuable items, supposedly, they are said to be bringing back gifts to the goddess. They begin each session in the tomb, and they meet twice weekly by unveiling a sort of a guilt shrine to Eulogia. That's the point of the society. They call themselves the Knights of Eulogia. That's where the 322 comes in."
According to rumor, initiates engage in strange bonding rituals such as lying in a coffin and reciting their sexual history in front of all the members. The object of such rituals is to create intense loyalty among members of the society. Some critics allege that these rituals contain satanic overtones. George W. Bush's grandfather, Prescott, and fellow Bonesmen reportedly robbed Geronimo's
grave and stole the Apache chief's skull and some of his personal effects at the Apache Indian Prisoner of War Cemetery in 1918.
Upon graduation, quite a few former Bonesmen use their
bonds of power and influence to make their way up through
the ranks of America's power elite, many in the area of
foreign policy. A select few Bonesmen have parlayed their
Skull and Bones connections to make a play for the White
House (believe it or not, even President William Howard Taft
was a Bonesman, as well as George H.W. Bush and his
son, George W. Bush).
Other prominent Bonesmen include James L. Buckley
(U.S. Senator), William F. Buckley (columnist), John Chafee
(U.S. Senator and Secretary of the Navy), John Sherman
Cooper (U.S. Senator and member of the Warren
Commission), John Daniels (founder of Archer Daniels
Midland), Paul Giamatti (actor), Pierre Jay (first chairman of
the Federal Reserve Bank of New York), John Kerry (U.S.
Senator), Winston Lord (Chairman of Council on Foreign
Relations), Henry Luce (Time-Life), Archibald MacLeish
(poet), David McCullough (historian), William Huntington
Russell (Connecticut State Legislator), Amos Alonzo Stagg
(famous football coach), Harold Stanley (founder of Morgan
Stanley), Potter Stewart (U.S. Supreme Court justice),
Alphonso Taft (Secretary of War and father of William
Howard Taft), Robert A. Taft (U.S. Senator), Morrison R. Waite (U.S. Supreme Court justice), James Whitmore (actor),William Collins Whitney (U.S. Secretary of the Navy) and many others.
Skull & Bones: It's Not Just for White Dudes Anymore!