A document in Yale's archives suggests that 322 is a reference to the year 322 B.C., and that members measure dates from this year instead of from the common era. In 322 B.C., the Lamian War, ended with the death of Demosthenes and Athenians were made to dissolve their government and establish a plutocratic system in its stead, whereby only those possessing 2,000 drachmas or more could remain citizens. Documents in the Tomb have purportedly been found dated to "Anno-Demostheni". Members measure time of day according to a clock 5 minutes out of sync with normal time, the latter is called "barbarian time".
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.
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".
Skull and bones, 322 . . . Genesis 3:22 . . .
22 And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: