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FSM Courthouse Installation

Published March 31st, 2008 by Bobby Henderson

This is one of the greatest things to happen in the history of Pastafarianism. The Cumberland County Courthouse lawn in Crossville, Tennessee now features an enormous statue of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Behold:

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This was the work of Ariel Safdie and her brother David, and it is spectacular. I am sure that everyone who sees it will feel Touched.

Statement at Installation Ceremony

We are lucky enough to live in a country that allows us, its citizens, the freedom of speech. I have chosen to put up a statue of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to represent the discourse between people of all different beliefs. The many faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds of Cumberland County’s residents make our community a stronger richer place. I respect and am proud that on the people’s lawn, the county courthouse, all of these diverse beliefs can come together in a positive dialogue. Here, we are all able to share the issues close to our hearts whether it is through a memorial to the soldiers killed fighting for our country, the Statue of Liberty honoring our nations welcoming promise to all, a group’s fight to stop homelessness, or powerful symbols of faith. I greatly treasure this open forum between everyone in the community.

The Flying Spaghetti Monster is a pile of noodles and meatballs, but it is meant to open up discussion and provoke thought. Being able to put up a statue is a celebration of our freedom as Americans; a freedom to be different, to express those differences, and to do it amongst neighbors -— even if it is in a noodley way.

Here’s a television news report of the display:

“Our message is freedom of speech, freedom of religion” — Well Said! All Pastafarians should feel fortunate at having such a fine ambassadors for our cause.

I strongly suggest that everyone check out Ariel’s site, itlovesyou.blogspot.com. You’ll find the whole story behind the statue, pictures of the build, and updates as they happen.

Here are a some more pictures:

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Media takes notice
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Just a dream at this point
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Construction begins
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Assembly continues
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Thank you very much Ariel – you did an amazing job. Please let me know if you need funding for a Beer Volcano.

Update: cnet news.com has picked up the story here.

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Carbo Diem

Published February 3rd, 2008 by Bobby Henderson

Kim B gets credit for this one.

Carbo Diem! You can download this flyer in PDF or PNG format. It’s also available for sale as a shirt at the store.

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8.5×11 PDF | 8.5×11 PNG

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FSM preacher claims Napoleontic cannon

Published January 31st, 2008 by Bobby Henderson

I recently worked for a local theatre company, where I stumbled upon this cool looking prop. Instantly I commandeered it to support my argument for the beneficial effect of adopting his Noodly lord, resulting in the convertion of 7 technicians and a couple of actors.
Ramen, Studio Marcel

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license plate

Published October 19th, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

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Halloween 2007

Published October 12th, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

It’s coming up quick. I’ve already seen a few FSM costumes, and one pumpkin.

If you send me pictures of your FSM Costume and/or FSM pumpkins, I’ll post them here for everyone to see.

Some of my favorite pumpkins from last year (one of them is mine):

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If you want to take a look at past years costumes/pumpkins here are some links (sorry this is not more organized):

2006 FSM Pumpkin Contest entries

A few pumpkins from 2005

Halloween Missionaries from 2005 and 2006

One last note – Halloween is a fantastic time to Spread the Word. There are very few days where it’s socially acceptable to walk around as a pirate. FSM literature/propaganda can be found here. I’m just saying. Good luck.

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thinking about religion

Published October 3rd, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

I received this email from ahref:

i was sorting out my old books from school and found this(see attachment) on a practice Religious education paper. my school forced every pupil to take this subject and after 2 years of it i was incredibly frustrated:

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Ask Yahoo: Does the Flying Spaghetti Monster Really Exist?

Published September 30th, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

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A question posed to Yahoo:

Does the flying spaghetti monster really exist?
Or is it just the product of the minds of sinners and liars whose father is really the Devil?

I was very impressed by the number of Pastafarians who responded. Some of my favorite answers:

He is real (or at least as real as your God).
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of course The Flying Spaghetti Monster exists!!! How can you not believe it? I believe it, because it’s true, and so should you!

If you don’t believe in the Flying Spaghetti Monster then you can’t believe in Julius Caesar either, because we have more evidence that the FSM exists than we have that the whole Roman Empire ever existed!

Of course he exists. May you be touched by His noodly appendage

There is more proof of the FSM then there is of the Christians’ so called god…

Are you daring to blasphemy the glorious FSM? May you be touched with a noodly appendage.

The question and all of the replies can be found here.

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Trader Joes sign – praise or threat?

Published September 29th, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

Long spotted this sign at the Trader Joe’s in Santa Barbara, California. I was very happy to see it. It’s nice to see such a large corporation take notice of our religion.

I believe this sign is specific to only this one store (please let me know if you spot one in another location), but maybe this is just the beginning. Of course, if they are going to use the FSM as a spokesman in any national advertising campaigns, we’d probably suggest they make a donation.

I showed this ad to a friend, and he had a completely different response to it; he wondered if the “Grab Your Forks” comment was meant as a threat to our deity, who is “coincidentally” directly below those words. What do you think? Either way, I think that the Church will benefit from the publicity. Thank you, mystery Trader Joes sign-maker.

Note to Trader Joes corporate people: You’re welcome to use the FSM for your advertisements. Email me. Also, thank you for two-buck-chuck.

Click for a more-giant version of the picture.
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Baltimore Sun: His Noodliness reigns unchallenged in Hampden

Published September 28th, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

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The Baltimore Sun ran another article today about Jacob Corbin’s FSM billboard on the side of his Hampden house.

Jacob Corbin-Beal bought a Hampden rowhouse that happened to have a billboard on one side, and he wasn’t sure what to do with the thing. The seller had led him to believe it wasn’t quite kosher under city regs, unless he rented it back to the guy, who owns a repair shop and was offering a measly 40 bucks a month.

Then Corbin-Beal had an idea. An epiphany, really, inspired by the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

He bought yards and yards of sump pump hose, a couple of saucer sleds and some spray paint, then created what looks like a giant plate of spaghetti and meatballs. Two Wiffle ball eyes poke out from the pile. Below, in black and white, it says, “Believe Your Noodly Master, Hon.”

The article is pretty good, you can read it here.

Thanks to the Baltimore Sun for writing about this a second time, and Jacob for taking the time and effort to make such an impressive billboard.

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FSM Graffiti – please don’t

Published September 28th, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

Hey, this isn’t ok:

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The Huntsville Forester published the above photo with an article titled “Police catch prolific graffiti vandals”.

“After nine complaints and 11 reported graffiti incidents from Aug. 13 to Aug. 22, five youths, who cannot be identified under the Youth and Criminal Justice Act, were found to be responsible for the damage,” stated Huntsville OPP constable Lynda Cranney.

Some of the buildings in town that were the subject of the graffiti, which often included the letters FSM, standing for flying spaghetti monster, were the Huntsville Place Mall, the Huntsville Curling Club, the Huntsville Forester, among others.

Note to vandals: It’s nice that you care so deeply about your faith, but this type of thing makes us look really bad. There are plenty of ways you can Spread the Word without damaging other people’s property. I would be happy to suggest socially acceptable activities, just contact me.

Note to Huntsville: I’m sorry!

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