Yeah, you read that right. The woman from Massachusetts, named Lindsey Miller, was originally denied the right to wear a colander in her official state ID photo until her friends contacted the American Humanist Association and enlisted lawyers to help.

In the state of Massachusetts, hats and head covers are not allowed in ID photos unless they’re for medical or religious purposes. Lindsey, who identifies as Pastafarian, had filed an administrative appeal when the workers at the Registry of Motor Vehicles contacted her and agreed to let her wear the colander.

Pastafarians are members of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which is a satirical but genuine religion that believes an invisible Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe after drinking heavily (like us every weekend). This intoxication is why the earth is flawed (and, we think, why pizza has calories).

According to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, heaven is a beer volcano and prostitute factory and hell is similar, except the beer is stale and the women have STDs. Seriously.


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The point of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is to challenge what is normally accepted blindly as religious doctrine. The existence of FSM cannot be proven, just like the existence of other gods, according to Pastafarians. Sounds legit to me.

Several other people have won the right to wear a spaghetti strainer on their head in state ID photos, and one politician in NY even wore a colander on his head as he was sworn into office. Nice.