How awesome is this guy?

I get annoyed everytime there’s a news story about some religious rube trying to get dress codes changed in order to wear whatever ridiculous bullshit their faith forces them to wear. In response to this kind of nonsense, Niko Alm of Austria decided to do something about it. He petitioned to wear a spaghetti strainer on his head as a display of his “pastafarian” faith. It took 3 years of negotiations to make happen: at one point, he even had to submit himself to a psychological evaluation to prove he was ‘fit” to drive. But he finally got his wish, and I must say that I’m both impressed and extremely amused at the same time.

Niko isn’t done just yet: he promises to try and get Austria to recognize the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster as an official church. I’ve tried getting in touch with him and see if I can’t set up an interview (we’ll see if he knows any English). Hey, if he’s serious, Niko is going to need all the help he can get!

NOTE: I originally put Australia instead of Austria, but was corrected by a fan. Thanks!

Comments (14)

  • avatar

    ewa

    Austria… not Australia. No kangaroos and all.

    But his idea IS kind of awesome;)

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    Eddie

    He’s got funny writing on his card for being Australian, are you sure that he’s not from Austria?

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    Anonymous Atheist

    Cool find, but it seems you’ve made the common mistake of confusing Austria with Australia. ;) Notice that you linked the text “Niko Alm of Australia” to a BBC News article in their World: Europe category. ;)

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    Alex

    Not to be “That Guy” but I’m pretty sure you ment Austrian there.

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    Alex

    Sorry to be “that guy” but I’m pretty sure you meant to say Austrian.

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    Richard

    I’m not a huge fan of out-crazying the crazies. I don’t see this as helping, if anything now more people are going to insist on their stupid religious rules or dress codes, not less. Sure you could say that this points out how stupid it all is, but somehow I don’t see many religious people getting the point.

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    Richard

    And of course it doesn’t help with convincing people that atheism isn’t a religion.

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    Luc Leblanc

    This is three different levels of awesome all wrapped in a clear, legal, hard transparent plastic goodness.

    I am amazed by how fast the authorities are ready to send a practitioner of Pastafarianism in psych review while not asking any questions to Christians, Muslims and Jews.

  • avatar

    Harkanin

    Hey Jake its supposed to be Austria not Australia

  • avatar

    Ben

    From Austria not Australia.

  • avatar

    Crouchy

    Jacob,

    A minor quibble mate, but Australia is in the southern hemisphere (and we speak English), and Austria is in Europe – where this guy lives. ;)

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    Riz Siemens

    It’s dumb. That is all.

  • avatar

    Harkanin

    I like the idea of it just for the hat, if they can wear hats everyone should be allowed to (as long as it doesn’t obstruct your face). Now I do have an issue of his wanting to have pastafarianism recognized as a faith, that would be like having a Will Farrell skit as Bush shown as something Bush actually did, while funny its just not honest.

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    Jim

    Lol, i hope that was a dyslexia moment, rather than actually thinking that someone with several umlauts on their licence which sports an EU flag was from Australia =P

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