Was there a Secret Female Pope?


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14 Oct 2016
What I've learned from all of my years of watching TV and movies is that people in the olden days couldn't tell the difference between a man and a woman, and all a woman had to do was cut her hair short and wear men's clothes and she'd be accepted as a woman.

I'm playing Assassin's Creed 4 at the moment (£4 on sale) and there's a character that's quite clearly a woman (looks like one, voiced by one) who you're expected to believe is a man until the big and not at all surprising reveal halfway through the story.

I remember hearing (on QI, I think) that they used to hold the pope aloft on a chair so that they could check he had testicles. I think it's bollocks though.
Popess: Now then, Cardinal, if you report I have balls you can have some of what I really have
Cardinal: Nothing will escape my lips.........or yours.


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19 Oct 2010
Would have made a great Monty Python film - The bird that would be Pope.

I can see a scene now where the bishops are blaming each other for not checking she had bollocks before ordaining.
And searching her gaff for knitting patterns and pot pourri.
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