Correspondent Mark Spahn, of West Seneca, New York, writes in with a discovery that is certain to amaze you more than it amazed him…because he is crafty and careful by nature.

Hello Czar,

Synchronicity! A few minutes ago, I read in a local Buffalo newspaper an essay about something called the Buffalo Niagara partnership, in which the phrase “18 pompous blowhards” occurs. Coincidentally, I am in a dispute with a car dealership whose manager bragged about their “18 lawyers.” Wondering whether I had written anything about them, I searched my old Sent Items e-mails, searching on the word “eighteen.” I did not find what I was looking for, but I did find something I wrote about “Gormogons” back in March 2011, a note that—here’s the second coincidence—happened to mention the “eighteen”th century.
Here it is, for your reading pleasure:

I occasionally visit but never wondered about its name, until now.

The Wikipedia article on the Gormogons seems to have been copied from http://www.freemasonry.bcy.ca/anti-masonry/gormogons.html, which reports,

The Antient Noble Order of the Gormogons was a short-lived eighteenth century society; leaving no records or accomplishments to indicate its true goal and purpose. From the few published advertisements and notices, it would appear that its sole objective was to hold up Freemasonry to ridicule.

A worthy purpose, congenial to the Anti-Masonic Party, America’s first third party, which was popular in Western New York in the 1820s to 1840s, says http://anti-masonicparty.blogspot.com/2010/10/masonic-handshakes.html

Looks like a lotta fun: secret handshakes!

Chilean mining symbology!

I find that that last link now leads to a “Blog not found” message.

Hmmm, mysterious.

This is naturally all by our design. The funny thing about Wikipedia is how much of it they got right. For example, one could write the following about Wikipedia:

Wikipedia was a short-live 21st century online encyclopedia; leaving no permanent records or accomplishments to indicate its true goal and purpose. From the few published remainders, it would appear that its sole objective was to list in painful detail every Star Wars character, describe Micronauts in loving detail, wonder about sex, and provide liberals another way to smear conservative figures in largely opinionated biographies.

But we know that isn’t completely true, right?

Of course, when a source crosses the line, they too will result in a blog not found message. Thanks for your detective work: it serves as an important reminder to non-followers who attempt to correct the historical record. Actually, you may be the first person who bothered to check Wikipedia about us. Fascinating, eh?

About The Czar of Muscovy

Божію Поспѣшествующею Милостію Мы, Дима Грозный Императоръ и Самодержецъ Всероссiйскiй, цѣсарь Московскiй. The Czar was born in the steppes of Russia in 1267, and was cheated out of total control of all Russia by upon the death of Boris Mikhailovich, who replaced Alexander Yaroslav Nevsky in 1263. However, in 1283, our Czar was passed over due to a clerical error and the rule of all Russia went to his second cousin Daniil (Даниил Александрович), whom Czar still resents. As a half-hearted apology, the Czar was awarded control over Muscovy, inconveniently located 5,000 miles away just outside Chicago. He now spends his time seething about this and writing about other stuff that bothers him.