In the movie Raising Arizona, “Glen” responds to an obvious question by positing: “Does the Pope wear a funny hat?”

Well, you tell me…

The hat is called a Capello Romano (lit: Roman Hat) or Saturno (because the brim is said to remind one of the rings of Saturn. I don’t see it…)

Pope Benedict has made a habit (pardon the pun) of telegraphing his conservative orientation by dressing in more traditional papal duds than his immediate predecessor. Here’s a portrait of his namesake, Benedict XV (who reigned during WWI) in his saturno.

I don’t know why the pope’s wardrobe fascinates me but it does. In any case, I have to have one of these hats…

And, yeah, I definitely need a hobby.