Austrian Wins Right To Wear Pasta Strainer In Driver’s License

Published July 13th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson


Pastafarian Niko Alm has won the right to wear a colander as religious headgear on his Austrian driver’s license.  Congratulations!

Niko Alm first applied for the licence three years ago after reading that headgear was allowed in official pictures only for confessional reasons.

Mr Alm said the sieve was a requirement of his religion, pastafarianism.

The Austrian authorities required him to obtain a doctor’s certificate that he was "psychologically fit" to drive.

The BBC article is fantastic and can be found here.


You can follow the link to (google’s translation of) Niko’s blog: here.

183 Responses to “Austrian Wins Right To Wear Pasta Strainer In Driver’s License”

  1. Thomas L. Nielsen says:

    Avast, shipmates

    First of all, a big Aarrr…. to Niko for standing up for freedom of (all or no) religion.

    Secondly is the statement “Mr Alm said the sieve was a requirement of his religion, pastafarianism” technically correct? I have read the gospel, the second gospel, the recipe for Pasta al Fredo and St. Capelli d’Angelos Letters to the Phlogistines (both the first one, asking them why they renounced pasta, and the second one gently chiding them for not replying to the first on), and I have found no references to pasta strainers as required headgear? Not wanting to sound dogmatic, shouldn’t it, if anything, be a tricorn hat? Or a pyratical bandana?

    Regards & all, rAmen and Arrr..

    Thomas L. Nielsen
    Pyrate’s Fashion Quarterly
    Luxembourg Office

    • Mike says:

      Let’s not get dogmatic, now…. :-)

    • Brother Waldemar Exiguus says:

      I’m with you brother!

      While wearing paraphernalia that promotes the Noodly One should generally be encouraged, it is in no way required by the holy book.

      In other words, a pasta strainer does not make you a Pastafarian … it’s all from your own heart!

  2. Alun J. Carr says:

    And lo!, the Flying Spaghetti Monster did come unto the Land called Österreich, or Austria in the tongue understanded of the Chosen People known to the Heathen as Pirates. And He did touch his Disciple Niko with His Noodly Appendage, and the Authorities of that Land did bow down as One, and declare: ‘Verily, the Disciple Niko shall wear a Sign of his Devotion, and the Sign shall be a Strainer, a Holey Device liketh unto the One used in the Preparation of the Sacraments.’ And His Noodlyness was Pleased, and he did confer a 10% Discount on all Pasta in that Land, but verily he had been supping at the Beer Volcano with his Pirates and their Wenches, and he was sore befuddled, and the Discount did go instead to the Land next door, known as Italy, where it did feed Berlusconi and his 5000 Strippers.

  3. stylusmobilus says:

    This has now made news in several media outlets around the world now…news.com.au, Foreign Policy Magazine and Yahoo! to name a few.

    The Daily Telegraph wrote, ‘…Alm’s pastafarian-style application for a driving licence was a response to the Austrian recognition of confessional headgear in official photographs.’ It is interesting to note that Austrian authorities recognise value in having religious headgear appear on these pictures, obviously for security purposes. Whether one agrees with it or not, it is a forward step to take and no doubt appreciated by Austrias’ religions, including ours.

    Of course, this does not include full head coverings like the Burqa or the Boiler. I would understand people objecting to Niko covering his entire head with a boiler or deep colander. Despite this being an act of reverent faith to His Noodlyness (PBUH) there are security issues that must be observed.

  4. Sky says:

    This has inspired me to make my own sacrifices for His Noodliness. I look forward to honoring Him (:

  5. Kaylen3 says:

    Umm thanks Wulff. *sigh*
    ummm can an Australian female become an ordaned minister? It seems the certificates are only available in the US.

    • Kaylen3 says:

      No they’re not. I worked it out, thanks Kaylen3. ;-)

  6. Jeff says:

    From the article “the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster wrote to the Kansas School Board asking for the pastafarian version of intelligent design to be taught to schoolchildren, as an alternative to the Christian theory.”

    What is the pastafarian version of intelligent design?

    • B. says:

      Not so much intelligent, as drunken mishap design.

    • Maurog says:

      We Pastafarians believe that the world was created by Flying Spaghetti Monster while very, very drunk, and frankly that explains a lot about it. It was created in just four days and then He rested for three days, nurturing His divine hangover. This happened about 4000 years ago, but FSM fools scientists into thinking it is older. Verily as the scientist makes a measurement, Flying Spaghetti Monster is there, changing the results with His noodly appendage. Fooling scientists is FSM’s most favorite hobby after drinking.

      • Jeff says:

        Sounds plausible enough

  7. Alexandr says:

    That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind

  8. Neil Hoskins says:

    It’s not much of a colander, though. I plan on using one of those old-fashioned shiny metal ones.

    • Dale says:

      Try to find something that fits. You don’t want to look silly for your photo.

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