Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated 7/2008

Q: Who are you?

A: My name is Bobby Henderson. I’m 27. I grew up in Oregon and move around a lot. I have a physics degree and have successfully avoided a “real” job for years.

Q: Did you really send the Open Letter to the Kansas School Board?

A: Yes. But, I received no replies until after I posted the website online and the School Board started getting lots of emails about it. You can read some of the responses I received here.

Q: Are you an atheist / heathen / what?

A: I don’t have a problem with religion. What I have a problem with is religion posing as science. Teach Creationism in school, fine, but don’t teach it in a science classroom. And don’t change the definition of science so that you can teach these things. That’s retarded.
Supernatural explanations are by definition not science, so why would you teach them in a science classroom?

Religion, itself, isn’t bad. But it isn’t necessarily good, either. There are plenty of good Christians (and Muslims, and Buddhists, and Hindus), and plenty of bad ones.

Dogma is bad for everyone.

Q: You are making God angry.

A: I doubt it. If there’s a God, and he’s intelligent, then I would guess he has a sense of humor. And how do you know He is NOT a Flying Spaghetti Monster?

Q: Do you make money off this?

A: Yes. The Church makes money off T-shirts, car emblems, book sales, and occasionally donations. We are saving a lot of money and pretty soon here we’ll buy our first Pirate Ship which will serve as a floating church, open to all Believers.

Q: Your graph is messed up.

A: No, it’s not. The X-axis doesn’t have to represent time. And the data points don’t need to be in order. A graph is just a collection of data points, I can display them however I want. It might not be what you’re used to, but it’s not messed up. Please stop writing me emails about it (well over 200 at this point).

Q: There are more pirates now than ever. Look at the South Pacific. And song-downloading pirates, and blah blah blah.

A: Real pirates use swords (cutlasses, actually). Those “pirates” in the south pacific are guys with machine guns, cruising around in power-boats. They’re not pirates. And the song-downloading “pirates” are smelly nerds, and therefore not real pirates.

Q: Your grammar/spelling/etc is bad.

A: Yah.

Q: You’re wrong. It’s actually a linguini / mashed potato / dinosaur / elephant / whatever monster.

A: Maybe He just disguises Himself as those things. Also, you’re not funny.

Q: Can I reprint your letter?

A: Yes. Send me a link, please.

Q: Acceptible use of content?

A: It’s ok with me if you’re using the FSM images/content as long as it’s not for profit, and you’re doing it to further the Cause of the church. I.e. printing out FSM propaganda materials and distributing them is ok (and encouraged). Making FSM t-shirts, selling FSM merchandise, etc. is NOT OK.

Q: What blogging/cms software are you using?

A: The recently redesigned site is built on the WordPress platform with the K2 template.

Q: How many members are there?

A: I don’t know. There are no membership records as such, so I can only guess based on the amount of traffic the site receives, etc. Traffic to date (September 2006) is somewhere in the vicinity of 350 million hits, and around 15 million unique visitors. Google returns close to 2 million results for the phrase “flying spaghetti monster“. So, who knows – your guess is as good as mine.

Q: Why Pirates?

A: We believe that humans evolved from pirates. Consider that humans share around 95% DNA with monkeys, and more than 99.9% DNA with pirates.

Q: Interview requests

A: I’m happy to answer your questions. I recommend you just send me your questions in an email with a subject that I’ll notice, like “INTERVIEW QUESTIONS”. You don’t need to ask permission or set up an interview for some future time, just send me the questions. Thanks.

Q: Website statistics

A: Somewhere around 10k-40k visitors per day, and somewhere around 500k-1million hits a day. Hits are extremely high because lots of people hotlink images,etc from the site. Which is fine w/me.

Emails – depends, but 50 per day is not uncommon. I have 13,839 unread emails right now (9/25/06). I’ll get to as many as I can.

Q: Why is there an FSM banner on my MySpace profile?

A: It’s a virus/worm that WAS NOT CREATED BY ME. I had nothing to do with it. I’m sorry – it caused everyone a lot of problems, and I do not approve of this sort of thing. You can remove it by following the directions here.

More questions? Ask me below, or email me at bobby.henderson@gmail.com

951 Responses to “Frequently Asked Questions”

  1. Veronica says:

    How did a link to this get on my myspace in the book section, and an add you to friends request at the top of my profile? WTF.

  2. Danny-love says:

    “i almost forgot FUCK THIS SO CALLED SPEGETTI MONSTER. I hope that every single one of you can find faith in Jesus.”

    Thank you Zach. You have completely convinced me that everyone should convert to Christianity…

    May He forgive me even mentioning such words of blasphemy (even if it is rather sarcastic). Please allow me to be touched by your noodly appendage!

  3. Kanis says:

    Just wondering here, is it possible that Great Sleeping Cthulhu and The Flying Spaghetti Monster are really one and the same and Mr Lovecraft just wasn’t wearing his glasses when he was inspired?

    I’d like to think so, it’d help combine my vast love of The FSM who created us all and Sleeping Cthulhu who will inevitably realize his mistake and squish us later. :D Squishy parts!!

  4. John Videll says:

    I think you’ll appreciate the shirt that I wore on September 16, 2006, for the Northshore Inline Marathon up in Duluth, MN.

    [IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Mock26/FSMDuluth.jpg[/IMG]

    http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Mock26/?action=view&current=FSMDuluth.jpg&refPage=&imgAnch=imgAnch1

  5. Dave says:

    Thank you for proving that closed-mindedness and collective ignorance is still alive and well in today’s society.

    P.S.
    My girlfriend has converted to pastafarianism thanks to you. Rock on!

  6. Ruben A. Sola says:

    My friend showed me the book and I read the website and all I can say is….ITS IN-FREAKING-CREDIBLE, I love it, I made a Myspace Group of it and I’m looking for all of my friends and theirs and so on and so forth to join, to read, and to help, this stuff is Hilarious and should be taught in all Science Classes, even if its just for the Hell of it . Wea re all currently writing to the board of education in every Distric of Florida, New York, Texas, and even Puerto Rico.

    Ruben A. Sola
    P.S.= May the Flying Spaghetti Monster touch you with His Noodle Appendage.
    Ramen

  7. Ryan says:

    Bobby, the only thing to keep in mind with the Bible-looking text is that since all the major Holy books are compilations, the FSM Holy book should probably be a compilation as well. Perhaps have verses dedicated to scientists, school teachers, and the infamous Kansas School Board… or at least the ones who voted against ID in the science class.

  8. Death says:

    Will any of this be funny when we are all 90 yrs old with a few years left to live? How funny will things be then?

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