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A Brief History of ‘Times’ Genitalia

As you enjoyed your morning coffee yesterday, you might have noticed something unusual dangling from your Sunday Times. In the bottom-left corner of the front page, books reporter Julie Bosman offered this lede, about a controversial kids' book: "The word 'scrotum' does not often come up in polite conversation. Or children's literature, for that matter." Scrotum?! On the front page of the Times? Mon dieu! (See what happens when they let Al Siegal retire?) We figured it had to be unprecedented, so we headed to Nexis for confirmation. Here's what we learned.