Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.......

Jodi - posted on 07/13/2011 ( 32 moms have responded )




Man wins right to wear pasta strainer on driver licence

An Austrian man who claims to be a ‘Pastafarian’ has won the right to wear a pasta strainer on his head for his driver licence photo.

Niko Alm, a self-confessed atheist who belongs to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, applied for his licence three years ago, arguing that the kitchen utensil was a requisite in Pastafarianism.

He was then required by Austrian authorities to obtain a medical certificate which stated that he was psychologically fit to drive. According to his blog, it took Alm three years of battling with a psychologist to finally get it.

"Today I was able to get my new driving licence, and in it you can clearly see that I'm wearing a colander on my head to demonstrate my allegiance to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster," Alm posted on his blog. "My headwear has now been recognised by the Republic of Austria."

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster became mainstream in May 2005, after a letter was published to oppose pressure to teach intelligent design, a creationism theory, as an alternative to natural selection in American schools.

There are no strict regulations, rituals or prayers in Pastafarianism, but its followers consider it a real religion – one that has existed for ‘hundreds of years’.

Some of their most notable beliefs are:

- Pirates were the original Pastafarians. They were peaceful explorers and it was due to Christian misinformation that they have an image of outcast criminals today.

- Pastafarians are fond of beer.

- Pastafarians don’t take themselves too seriously and embrace contradiction.

- Every Friday is a religious holiday.

- Global warming and other natural disasters are a direct effect of the shrinking numbers of Pirates since the 1800s.

Ok, bizarre, and not really a debate (although you are welcome to find something to debate on it if you like), just thought I'd share because I about peed my pants laughing.


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Johnny - posted on 07/19/2011




It requires yearly participation in "talk like a pirate day", observance of a Friday as the holy day when at least a reasonable amount of beer should be drank, prayers are concluded with "ramen", around Christamas time they celebrate "Holiday" (where the phrase Happy Holidays stems from), also celebrated are Pastover and Ramendem (where you fast eating nothing but ramen noodle packs), and you actively seek to promote a scientific, rational approach to all things (with a dose of humor). Adherents have also raised a great deal of money for various charities through online fundraising communities.

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Johnny, I actualy have an FSM fish on my car. He's been there since I bought it in 2004. I do need to replace him soon, he's lost all his shiny.

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It's all good Becky- I think I was just being overly sensitive and it was early morning before I had coffee!!

Becky - posted on 07/14/2011




Yes, sorry Sharon, I didn't mean it to be offensive! I just meant the strainer looked like a yarmulke. I just didn't say it that way because I couldn't remember the word.

Johnny - posted on 07/14/2011




I actually saw a car with one of those jesus fish on the back except this fish appeared to be.devouring a plate of noodles and it said fsm inside the body rather than jesus.

Lady Heather - posted on 07/14/2011




This is my official religion on facebook, but I have to say that I haven't been practicing in a while. For shame.

Isobel - posted on 07/14/2011




though the people in the comments section seem to believe he is Australian for some reason. :/

Krista - posted on 07/14/2011




Heh -- Amber's right. The way the picture is cropped, it actually looks like he's wearing a really big, really shiny yarmulke.

Jenny - posted on 07/14/2011




I love it. I hope he wins in making it a legitimate religion too. It reminds of Colbert's Super PAC. Satire at it's finest to reflect the ridiculousness of society. Ramen brother.

Amber - posted on 07/14/2011




I can't speak for her, but I would assume she meant that the pasta strainer looks like a yarmulke. Click the link and look at the photo. The strainer is just covering his head in a similar manner.

This absolutely started my day with a laugh!! Thanks for that :)

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"In the picture, his driver's license picture actually looks like he's Jewish."

What the hell is that supposed to mean? Do I look Jewish to the rest of you? Are you refering to a full beard, long sideburns (peyots), and wearing a yarmulke that is customary of Orthodox men?

Jenni - posted on 07/14/2011




I love the graph, very informative. I do see the relationship between decreasing number of pirates and increase in global average temperature. *nods*

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Ha! I'm a Pastafarian and have been since Bobby Henderson first started the thing. Good for this person because he just showed the nonsense of face veils in licences for what it is.


Becky - posted on 07/13/2011




In the picture, his driver's license picture actually looks like he's Jewish.

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