A group of journalists formed a secret society whose only purpose was to make references to an 'occult hand' whenever possible!
This is what happens when you put a bunch of drunk journalists together late at night. In 1965, Joseph Flanders, wrote regarding a farmer who was shot by his own family when he came back home late at night; “It was as if an occult hand had reached down from above and moved the players like pawns upon some giant chessboard.”
Amused by this purple prose, his colleagues decided to celebrate it by forming the Order of the Occult Hand while they were hanging out at a local bar. The name sounds pretty hardcore, but all they ever did was sneak the phrase “as if an occult hand had” into magazine articles. The phrase crept it's way into various publications. Some uses of it:
- "As if an occult hand had slipped over his shoulder to assist, the little plastic shelf slides back into the machine and begins to whirr."
- "It's as if an occult hand had reached out and intentionally destroyed your data."
- As if an occult hand moved her to action, she discovered the intercom worked both ways."