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orange
07-16-2011, 05:10 PM
Austrian Man Wins Right To Wear Pasta Strainer In License Photo

by Eyder Peralta

In Austria one of the strangest fights for religious freedom has come to an end: Niko Alm, a self-described "Pastafarian," fought for three years for the right to wear a pasta strainer on his head in his driver's license photo.

His argument? Alm claimed he belonged to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and wearing the strainer was part of his religion.

The BBC reports:

Mr Alm's pastafarian-style application for a driving licence was a response to the Austrian recognition of confessional headgear in official photographs.

The licence took three years to come through and, according to Mr. Alm, he was asked to submit to a medical interview to check on his mental fitness to drive but - straining credulity - his efforts have finally paid off.

It is the police who issue driving licences in Austria, and they have duly issued a laminated card showing Mr. Alm in his unorthodox item of religious headgear.

The AFP reports that Alm now wants to apply for "Pastafarianism to become an officially recognised faith in Austria."

If you want more, Alm detailed his fight on his blog. (We've linked to Google's English translation of it.)

Update On July 15 at 2:09 p.m. ET. Interview With Alm:

Just a note to say we've added a post with our interview with Alm.

http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2011/07/13/fsm_strahlenhaube_custom.jpg?t=1310588549

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/07/15/137824732/austrian-man-wins-right-to-wear-pasta-strainer-in-license-photo?ps=cprs

orange
07-16-2011, 05:16 PM
http://cache.ohinternet.com/images/d/dc/Fsm.jpg

mlyonsd
07-16-2011, 05:17 PM
I dunno, I make a killer lasagna I've heard people say it's to die for.

orange
07-16-2011, 05:20 PM
Isn't the Tunneling Lasagna Monster the Devil in this religion?

orange
07-16-2011, 05:32 PM
p.s. Life's Little Lessons #398577

Don't turn your hamburger patties on a smoking hot cast iron pan bare-chested.

BucEyedPea
07-16-2011, 05:41 PM
I dunno, I make a killer lasagna I've heard people say it's to die for.

This Sicilian challenges you to a throwdown! :D

orange
07-16-2011, 06:06 PM
This Sicilian challenges you to a throwdown! :D

I want to see some recipes. This Abruzzian will act as an impartial judge.

It won't take more than a glance to see if either of you are missing the key ingredients.

(I'm out of this contest; I opted out of homemade lasagna long ago; too labor-intensive)

mlyonsd
07-16-2011, 06:07 PM
This Sicilian challenges you to a throwdown! :DYeah Prego doesn't count.:eek:

mlyonsd
07-16-2011, 06:11 PM
I want to see some recipes. This Abruzzian will act as an impartial judge.

It won't take more than a glance to see if either of you are missing the key ingredients.

(I'm out of this contest; I opted out of homemade lasagna long ago; too labor-intensive)Yeah it can be an all day process if you don't have the sauce pre-made.

BucEyedPea
07-16-2011, 06:25 PM
Yeah Prego doesn't count.:eek:

Prego? I don't use no stinkin' Prego!

BucEyedPea
07-16-2011, 06:26 PM
Yeah it can be an all day process if you don't have the sauce pre-made.

It's even labor intensive without having it pre-made. Guess it depends on the recipe!

Bowser
07-16-2011, 11:26 PM
WHERE'S MY FUCKING LASAGNA?