What exactly is the straight dope on Popess Joan? In case you don’t know, some people claim there was a female pope (Joan, as I said). I don’t know all the details off-hand. But if I find anymore on the internet, I will post it without delay.
Speaking of the internet, I also recall reading somewhere (again I forget exactly where or when) that nowadays, when they elect a new pope, he has to sit on a special seat with the bottom cut out. Then they feel underneath. And if he is a male, they say (in Latin): ‘He has testicles and they hang well!’ I am not making it up. What is the straight dope on that too? There is a lot of mystery still involving the election of the pope. Do they really do this? If anyone has a link to offer for this too, feel free to post it:).
PatrickLondon, the whole point of General Questions is that the folks starting threads are finding answers on the Internet. That only works if the people responding to threads provide information. “Check Wikipedia” is not providing information. If you don’t have anything to say, then don’t say it.
I first heard the legend when I came across a yeast roll recipe called “Pope Ladies” in, believe it or not, an old Betty Crocker cookbook. Even Betty said it was a myth, so it’s no crocker shit. I was bummed there were no Pope’s chair recipes but decided there was no reason to get teste.