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    Smile Has the pope got a bullet in him?

    Hello! I am reading an English novel and there's an expression I can't understand. Please let me know what this sentence means.

    A boy was shopping for a baeball mitt with his dad.
    He wanted to buy Ken Griffy Jr. autographed model but his dad wanted him to buy a cheaper model. His dad said, "Come on, I can write Ken Griffey Jr." Then the boy said, "Can you really do that?" And his dad said, "Has the pope got a bullet in him?" and they both laughed.

    I can't understned why the man said like that? And why is it so funny?

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    Default Re: Has the pope got a bullet in him?

    You asked this question 3 1/2 hours ago! Please don't duplicate. Maybe it takes time before someone logs into the forum who knows the answer to your question!

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    Default Re: Has the pope got a bullet in him?

    A common expression meaning "isn't it obvious?" or "of course!" is "Is the Pope Catholic?" However, Dad in this case revised the phrase slightly, making a bad joke referring to the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II .

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    Default Re: Has the pope got a bullet in him?

    Sorry, I didn't mean to. Because it's my first time and there's a mistake!

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    Default Re: Has the pope got a bullet in him?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    A common expression meaning "isn't it obvious?" or "of course!" is "Is the Pope Catholic?" However, Dad in this case revised the phrase slightly, making a bad joke referring to the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II .
    Years ago the question was "Is the Pope Italian?" And then of course, there was a non-Italian Pope!

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