We've probably all seen some sort of advertising or other message stamped on money before. Last year when a big Bowl game came to my area the Clemson fans stamped their money
with the Clemson paw to raise awareness to the positive financial impact of their fans being in town.
So this sort of gave me the idea to have an FSM rubber stamp made up and do the same thing, but for a different reason. Rather than trying to communicate a market impact, it's to advertise the religion. Other religions urge their followers to "witness" (spread the word) - and this is my lazy way of witnessing. People will see the unusual visage of our God, hopefully be curious, and then go to the URL and find out what it's all about.
I didn't want to use www.venganza.org
as the URL because it's somewhat hard for English speakers to remember how it's spelled, and it's not the kind of word that piques one's interest. The www.flyingspaghettimonster.com
URL that redirects to venganza.org certainly might raise curiosity but it's too damn long to put at the bottom of a reasonably sized rubber stamp and still have the letters big enough to read. Ultimately I settled on ChurchFSM.ORG. It's short enough to be able to use a decent size font, and the inclusion of the word "church" will make most people go "huh?" -- especially when used in context with the image of our noodly Lord. I think perhaps I should have done the .ORG in lowercase as ChurchFSM.org and I'll probably do so if/when I order another stamp.
I experimented with red, blue, and black ink to see what shows up best on U.S. currency and found that the blue ink seems to work best. I also found that to ensure the URL is readable it's best to stamp it so the URL is in the blank white space at the bottom of the bill.
I'm going to start stamping all my money with it. If you want to get your own made, this one
is the one I ordered and here
is the file I used (or this one
if you want the ".org" in lower case). [File must be black and white only, no color, no gray.] The stamp linked to above is the old fashioned kind where you use a stamp pad to ink the stamp and then stamp the item. Now that I've figured out what ink color I like, and am satisfied that the image comes out OK, I'll probably order a self-inking stamp (this one
) to be more convenient. I'm sure there are plenty of other custom rubber stamp places that are just as easy to use. I've used this place before for other things so that's the only reason I used them for this -- I have no affiliation with them, etc.
Of course it could be used to stamp books, letters, pretty much anything. Also, it goes without saying that it shouldn't be used to deface other people's property, etc. - "defacing" money is just fine in my book though.
I can see the fnords.