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Austrian Pastafarian Gets Drivers License While Wearing Colander

Austrian Pastafarian Gets Drivers License While Wearing Colander

Austrian atheist, Niko Alm, a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, won the right to wear his “religious headgear” while getting his picture taken for his new driver’s license. Three years ago, he discovered religious headgear was leaglly allowed, as long as one’s face can be seen, for driver’s licenses.

Three years ago, after Alm’s Noodly God touched him and gave him the idea, he applied for a driver’s license, stating that the pasta strainer was part of his Pastafarian religious practice. Because he face was visible, authorities approved it, but denied religious grounds as basis of approval.

According to Alm, the Noodly God impressed upon his mind to make the ironically serious point. If his sanity is in question, he past the psychologically test for driving.

After receiving his application the Austrian authorities had required him to obtain a doctor's certificate that he was "psychologically fit" to drive.

He is mentally fit to drive as any other religious person who believes their god speaks to them and tells them what to do and wear.

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.

According to John Turley, “It is not clear if he listed his weight as al dente.”

The mostly Catholic country was not amused by Alm’s religious satire.

About Mriana

Mriana is a humanist and the author of "A Source of Misery", who grew up in the Church of God, Anderson Indiana. After she became an adult, she joined the Episcopal Church, but later left the Church and became a humanist. She has two grown sons and raises cats. Mriana raised her sons in the Episcopal Church, but in their teen years, they left the Church and she soon followed. One of her sons became a "Tao Buddhist" and the other a None, creating his own world view. She enjoys writing, reading, science, philosophy, psychology, and other subjects. Mriana is also an animal lover, who cares for their welfare as living beings, who are part of the earth. She is a huge Star Trek fan in a little body.
  • That is hilarious! Just STUMBLED it. :0


    • I thought so too. I belong to Church of Ceiling Cat and wonder if the U.S. DMV will allow cat ears. Ceiling Cat says her humans have to wear cat ears. Vulcan ears will suffice in a scratch, because they are pointy. 😆

  • Why would he be willing to use up three years on this? Is it really worth that much time to try to make a point? And what is the point? The only point I can see is that he is wasting lots of his time and looking foolish to the entire world.

  • He is mentally fit to drive as any other religious who believes their god speaks to them & tells them what to do & wear.

  • GR

    Although I feel that this is a victory in terms of freedom, I also feel that its a little bit overkill, but then again, I see his holiness the Pasta God and I can't do anything else but laugh 🙂

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