Christopher Columbus was an explorer who sailed to the Americas in 1492.
The House of Fame is a poem by Geoffrey Chaucer.
God turne us every dreem to gode!
For hit is wonder, be the rode,
To my wit, what causeth swevens
Either on morwes, or on evens...
Some years ago newspapers reported that London Zoo was performing experiments on some of its 'spare' wallabies, decapitating them whilst conscious, in the interests of scientific research.
Claude Chabrol is a French film director and a member of the New Wave group of film makers. Jean Renoir (son of the French painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir) was a film director and actor, and made more than forty films during his lifetime.
Jules et Jim is a 1962 French film directed by Francois Truffaut and filmed in black and white.
It is interesting that the narrator compares his/her happy relationship with Catherine to the relationship between Holmes and Watson. Watson and Holmes did live together for a while, but they were never lovers, only ever friends.
Henry Miller was an American novelist and painter.
The narrator is revisiting the story of Renoir painting with his penis, and telling us another tall tale of replaced genitalia.
Christopher Robin is a character created by the writer A. A. Milne in his Winnie-the-Pooh books. He is a small boy, sometimes shown wearing a yellow raincoat or mackintosh. He enjoys going on adventures and especially loves the zoo.
Louise refers to the narrator as 'Christopher Robin' because s/he is wet from the rain. However it is interesting to note that s/he is being addressed by a boy's name.
Presumably this refers to a rain hood (although Christopher Robin's raincoat was yellow), but it could also refer to male or female genitalia (particularly if blue with cold!).
D.H. Lawrence was an early 20th century English writer. The most famous of his works is Lady Chatterley's Lover, a novel which was banned in the UK until 1960, because of its explicit sexual descriptions and crude language. Lawrence's women tend to be easily overwhelmed by sexual urges and the men who stimulate them.
Another gender-tease. A man wouldn't need a toilet seat in order to pee, but a woman might have trouble peeing in a coffee pot!
Alfred Charles Kinsey was an American professor and researcher of human sexuality and sexual practices.
Heart of Darkness is a novel by Joseph Conrad.
The story recounts an expedition into the Congolese jungle in search of a company agent who has let the Tropics get the better of him, hence the humour of someone reading it whilst surrounded by rubber plants. Rubber trees come from the Amazon, but large commercial plantations were established in King Leopold's Congo Free State.
This a quote from Heart of Darkness.