15 July 2011
'Pastafarian' Gets License Photo Wearing a Strainer on His Head
Niko Alm applied for the license three years ago, sending in a picture of himself with the colander on his head and explaining that it was a necessary part of his "Pastafarian" beliefs.
He was apparently furious that officials had allowed Muslim women to wear head scarves when posing for their driving license, the Austrian Independent reported.
The entrepreneur told the Austria Press Agency he had the idea for the colander when he discovered that headgear was allowed in official pictures for "confessional" reasons.
After applying, Alm was asked to visit a doctor to check that he was mentally fit to drive but has now finally got his official license -- complete with kitchen utensil headwear.
The atheist belongs to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, AFP reported, a light-hearted "faith" whose members call themselves Pastafarians and whose "only dogma ... is the rejection of dogma," according to its website.
Alm now wants to apply for Pastafarianism, which was created in the US several years ago, to become an officially recognized faith in Austria.
The religion reportedly believes the world was created by the "Flying Spaghetti Monster," but, owing to the monster being inebriated at the time of creation, it has a flawed design.
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