A mention of nipples in BBC2’s otherwise pointless Grumpy Old Men show brings back a story that relates to a posting I recently made on Proven By Science, about losing touch with reality. Back in the ’60s a Marvel comic editor had a go at an artist, complaining that he had drawn a topless woman in a superhero comic. The artist retorted that it was actually Namor, the Sub-Mariner. The editor said, flabbergasted, “B-but… he has nipples!”

(To be fair, people had been drawing him without them for decades, but still…)