Know Your History

According to a review by Christopher Hart in the Times of London, Desmond Morris' new book, The Naked Man: A Study of the Male Body contains a wealth of amazing information. For instance: Any new Pope must have his balls checked by the College of Cardinals! Many Muslim men shave their armpits and their pubic hair! And codpieces, which first popped up in the 14th century, grew to an "outsize symbol of male virility" by the 16th. But some of the large codpieces were not an indication of the size of the member housed within but "useful for wastrel members of the nobility who were suffering from syphilis, and who could employ their codpieces as a protective covering for their medication and special bandaging." Ew, talk about a royal pain! [Times]