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21st Century Pope

signalling a new pope.
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is it black smoke? is it white smoke?

bells, the bells? no bells.

the suspense!

what would make this a spectacular display would be for Rome to invite the Red Devils along and have them buzzing around spewing red, white and blue at the allotted time!

po, Apr 19 2005

sorry, they are the Red Arrows! http://www.freefoto...owse.jsp?id=20-12-0
what was I thinking about? [po, Apr 19 2005]

Say 'hello' to Pope Benedict XVI http://news.bbc.co..../europe/4462077.stm
[angel, Apr 19 2005]

Father Guido Sarducci http://home.earthli...rasohn/aboutgs.html
It would have been cool if they had elected this guy. [jaksplat, Apr 19 2005]

The Bells http://eserver.org/books/poe/bells.html
.. bells ... bells .... bells ........ [reensure, Apr 20 2005]

Father Ted Crilly http://www.fatherte...e.ukf.net/whois.htm
You know it makes sense. [DrBob, Apr 20 2005]

Pope Cliff the first? http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001652/
For a min. I got the names confused & this was my first association. [Zimmy, Apr 20 2005]

"The Popes: A History" by John Julius Norwich http://www.amazon.c...d=1310400237&sr=1-1
Entertaining & thoroughly recommended. [DrBob, Jul 11 2011]


       white with bells. 16mins ago at 1600 GMT
jonthegeologist, Apr 19 2005

       I'd give anything to be there now, regardless my religious affiliation. Shouldn't a differently-named squadron commence the flyover? Just for a more tasteful display, d'ya mind?
reensure, Apr 19 2005


       an historic moment nonetheless.
po, Apr 19 2005


       It seems the new holy father has appeared, in traditional fashion. Very beautiful presentation. News featured the fact that only three current Cardinals are old enough to have participated in a previous conclave. Damn. I guess our politicians know better on which side their leather is tanned.
reensure, Apr 19 2005

       [po] No problem - the Red Devils are the Parachute Regiment's display team - they could freefall into St Peter's Sq, with smoke grenades strapped to their legs, as they often do in displays.
coprocephalous, Apr 19 2005

       Could the cardinals parachute in instead? They've got great uniforms already, they're just lacking the smoke canisters.
wagster, Apr 19 2005

       Showing your age [Ian_Tindale] - M, 1979
coprocephalous, Apr 19 2005

       copro... surely we don't want devils parachuting in on the pope though...
david_scothern, Apr 19 2005

       Heh... I just figured out 'coprocephalous'.
wagster, Apr 19 2005

po, Apr 19 2005

       What? My mate told me it was a dinosaur.
coprocephalous, Apr 19 2005

       <pats [shit for brains] on the head>   

       <proffers sugar lump as booby prize>
po, Apr 19 2005

       "There's only one way to settle this: Pope Idol."
Detly, Apr 20 2005

       [po] Hook, line and sinker - "disingenuous" is my middle name. <grabs sugar lump and runs>
coprocephalous, Apr 20 2005

       What exactly is coprecaphalous? It sounds vaguely like a degenerative brain disease.
disbomber, Apr 20 2005

       [disbomber] Look up "coprolite", or "coprophage" and "hydrocephalus" and draw your own conclusions.
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Apr 20 2005

       Strangely, I didn't really think about this til last night. Evidently I wasn't alone. Odd coincidence.
david_scothern, Apr 20 2005

       [copr] I am very, very relieved you didn't know what it was. I worried you actually meant it.
Oh, wait, I was getting confused with 'coprophage'. Phew. It's a good job I'm the only one in my head...
('cept me, obviously).

       Exits stage left with chorus of cardinals, high-kicking and singing "This is my Sistene Chapel Moment..."
moomintroll, Apr 20 2005

       so this isn't about a robotic pope then?
dentworth, Apr 20 2005

       Oh no [moomintroll] I knew exactly what it meant, and it is apposite, as many who know me will testify.
coprocephalous, Apr 20 2005

       hah! I looked up 'apposite'...I learn something new here every day.
dentworth, Apr 20 2005

       Important Cardinal guy: "Robo-pope could never really relate to people.
To rectify the situation, the church proudly announces: Zombie Pope: Father of the living and undead! While some in the church have issued reservations about having an undead, soulless ghoul as the head of the church and vicar of Christ, we're confident that he will take the hearts and minds of the people in time.
Let's go to the Vatican where the new Pope Boris the 1st is about to utter his first pronouncements as head of the Holy See."

RayfordSteele, Apr 20 2005

       o.k. lets get Ninja Pope and Pirate Pope out of the way...
po, Apr 20 2005

       ... and pimp my pope...
jaksplat, Apr 20 2005

       Ratzinger, not Ratzenberger. For a second there I thought I might develop an interest in Catholisism.
Zimmy, Apr 20 2005

       rat's ass?   

       oh dear!   

       White smoke, black past," said the headline in the mass circulation Yediot Ahronot. "From the Nazi youth movement to the Vatican
po, Apr 20 2005

       Rat Zinger sounds like a halfbaked invention.
RayfordSteele, Apr 20 2005

       Bun for "Father Ted for Pope" campaign.
disbomber, Apr 20 2005

       I'd rather Bernard Black.
Detly, Apr 21 2005

       I thought Cardinal Zin was funny, but Cardinal Sin tops all. (John Ratzenberger was Cliff the mailman on Cheers).
Zimmy, Apr 21 2005

       What about the Blue Angels team from the Navy doing a fly-over demonstration? That would be more appropriate.
discontinuuity, Aug 01 2005

       So does this mean we have a fourth reich?
carlos4285, Aug 04 2005

       A baby magically appears in the Rows of the Beholder's : Does the Cardinals 'eat' the little One ??, :-).   

sirau, Jul 09 2011

       //I thought Cardinal Zin was funny, but Cardinal Sin tops all//
I think there used to be a Cardinal Sicola.
Why he never made it to the top job is beyond me - imagine the sponsorship deals!
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Jul 12 2011

       I think he was under pressure from his competitor, Cardinal Reinke Nista
pocmloc, Jul 12 2011


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