Recently, I had the mixed fortune to witness a fascinating ritual, albeit in less-than-pleasing circumstances, reminding me of the existence of Secret Societies, even in the futuristic world of 2012.  Sure, I used to drive past the Eagles lodge on my way to work, but it had literally never occurred to me that these things still existed.  My own favorite take on the dark, shadowy organization manipulating from the shadows is still in Steve Englehart’s legendary run on Captain America in the early 1970s, leading to a tense confrontation between Steve Rogers and a “high-ranking government official” within the oval office itself!  (Although, now that I think of it, The Mary Kay Commandoes are in a close second place.)  I imagine that Stephen will likely have a few things to say on this one, likewise Otter Disaster, which is a clear enough reason to tempt fate and query the Faithful Spoilerites…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is down with the crew crew, talkin’ ’bout the Mu Mu, justified ancient Liberation Zulu, got to teach and everything you learn’ll point to the fact that time is eternal, asking:
What’s your favorite “Secret Society,” real or imagined? 

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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9 Comments

  1. November 11, 2012 at 11:52 am — Reply

    The Guild of Calamitous Intent.

  2. Rob
    November 11, 2012 at 12:43 pm — Reply

    OWACA. Who else is equipped to deal with all that evil science?

  3. Hirimno
    November 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm — Reply

    I’d have to say the Evil League of Evil. I mean come on its run by a horse.

  4. November 11, 2012 at 2:16 pm — Reply

    I just re-started listening to the Illuminatus! audio book late last week, so this is indeed timely. In that wonderful trilogy, any and all conspiracies and societies get linked back to the Illuminati (the granddaddy of them all) in one way or another. There are so many great and weird societies to choose from, but given my anarcho-capitalist tendencies, I’d have to choose (and am actually a member of) the Legion of Dynamic Discord.

    From the Principia Discordia:

    If you want in on the Discordian Society
    then declare yourself what you wish
    do what you like
    and tell us about it
    or
    if you prefer
    don’t.

    There are no rules anywhere.
    The Goddess Prevails.
    —Malaclypse the Younger, Principia Discordia, Page 00032

  5. Frank
    November 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm — Reply

    I’m not sure it’s secret, but it has been forgotten – Walt’s Kelly’s SWINE.
    Students Wildly Indigent about Nearly Everything.

  6. November 11, 2012 at 4:10 pm — Reply

    The Bildeberg Group an annual, unofficial, invitation-only conference of approximately 120 to 140 guests from North America and Western Europe, most of whom are people of influence. This Groups unofficially is plotting the course of the world direction.
    Participants of which include Dick Gephardt, Sandy Berger, Henry Kissinger, Colin Powell, Condi Rice, Bill Clinton, John Edwards, Rick Perry, Al Haig, David Rockefeller, Ben Bernanke & Bill Gates.
    That incomplete list is only some American participants. To date, nobodt knows what is discussed or how things are organized since the press is not even allowed on the property and guests are ushered in andout in secret.

  7. Joe
    November 11, 2012 at 6:14 pm — Reply

    The Jack Acid Society, of course.

    Scourge of the swamp, those fellows are!

  8. November 11, 2012 at 8:27 pm — Reply

    [i]”[…]is down with the crew crew, talkin’ ’bout the Mu Mu, justified ancient Liberation Zulu, got to teach and everything you learn’ll point to the fact that time is eternal,”[/i]

    Am I the first/only person to name the JAMMs as my favorite =real= secret society? Beware the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu…. Kick out the JAMMs! (better known to some as The KLF ^_^ )

  9. November 11, 2012 at 11:09 pm — Reply

    For more on the JAMS see Illuminatus! They play a very important role in the novel. John Dillinger Died for Your Sins.

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