Skull and Bones is a secret society at Yale University.

The New York Times claimed that:

Initiates wrestle naked in a mud pile.

Is that part of a longstanding ritual of Skull and Bones members?

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    Given that it is a secret society and initiation rites are often one of the most protected aspects of such societies, what source do you expect to be more authoritative than the New York Times? Oct 11, 2016 at 12:44
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    So... it's a college frat? Oct 11, 2016 at 14:32
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    Also, the NYT isn't claiming that this happens. The text surrounding the paragraph reads "Interesting enough - but the apocrypha are better. ... Initiates wrestle naked in a mud pile. [Followed by other things rumored about them] ...Not a word of this may be true. " The article is about rumors and secrets about that particular society, and doesn't make any claims that those things actually occur. I don't think this qualifies as a notable claim. Oct 11, 2016 at 14:38
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    @User001 Verify how? Who is in the position to know that would be willing to share and still be an authoritative source? Even if you consider ex-members who are willing to share secrets, they have been known to make things up whole-cloth before. Oct 11, 2016 at 16:31
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    if they do mud wrestling at all, doing it naked makes sense. Ever tried to clean seriously muddy clothes? :)
    – jwenting
    Oct 12, 2016 at 7:06


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