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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


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).

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.

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Baltimore Sun: His Noodliness reigns unchallenged in Hampden

Published September 28th, 2007 by Bobby Henderson


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:


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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Preaching the good news of the FSM

Published September 27th, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

This is pretty good. Nice work – I admire your motivation.

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Argentina billboard promotes Pastafarianism

Published September 26th, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

Thales spotted this giant billboard in the Cordoba, Argentina airport. Notice the Pirate Fish. Lindsay spotted a similar ad in an Argentine magazine several months ago – posted here.

I translated (poorly) the text of the ad as follows:

To Know – The Argentina Cultural Patrimony – To Take, Yes – To Take, No.

Lindsay interpreted the print ad as: The ad sponsored by the Argentine federal government is explaining what things can be taken out of the country, such as tattoos, and what things cannot, such as fossils. Its a cultural preservation type text.

The web address printed, (notice the government domain), seems to confirm this. The website appears to belong to a cultural preservation organization.

What is intriguing is that there is no mention of the Pirate Fish on the website. Why did they use our symbol for their advertisements promoting cultural preservation?

Perhaps it’s just a coincidence they used the image of the Pirate Fish – one of our most sacred symbols. But, I choose to interpret it as the first step towards official recognition of Pastafarianism by the Argentine government.

It makes sense; I’m told Argentina is a devoutly Catholic country. The government is smart to gradually introduce a replacement religion; too suddenly, and people would surely protest. The Pirate Fish ad could be explained away as a “mistake” or “coincidence” if trouble arises.

What’s next Argentina? I’m happy to help. I would be pleased to visit your country to help spread Pastafarianism awareness.

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giving back

Published September 8th, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

I was going through my books and I found a pile of textbooks from back when I was a physics student at Oregon State University. I decided to box them up and send them back as a donation. Addressed to the SPS room (sort of a study area for physics people), I sent a pile of books, FSM propaganda (car emblems, Holiday cards, the Gospel, etc..), along with this note:



Netherlands FSM procession

Published August 5th, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

I received this email from Mark Van den Borre. I think this is exactly what the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is about. I am pleased beyond words that our religion has spread all around the world. -bobby


Yesterday, a friend and I did a tiny procession in front of the Evangelische Omroep (EO), Hilversum, the Netherlands. They believe in creation of the earth in six days. They refuse to recognise evolution theory as an extremely high probability scientific theory. That reflects into them cutting and modifying scenes from BBC animal documentaries.

Our goal was to try and have the Flying Spaghetti Monster touch the EO people with Its Noodly Appendages, so that they too could enjoy the benefits of pastafarianism. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out yet.
Maybe It was just too busy doing other stuff.

We received quite some press attention. We made national radio in Holland, video coverage on the national news television website, two big newspapers in Belgium, _the_ most popular news blog in the Dutch speaking community, and more.

Video coverage: .
News blog:


Classroom preaching

Published June 9th, 2007 by Bobby Henderson


With my attachment you can view Him in my 4th period class as i have advertised him by drawing him on the board. My teacher was very kind to it, and today when i came to class i realized someone had erased it so i re-drew Him. I am going to begin sending out flyers and have currently converted one serious member to His greatness.
please get back to me. RAmen. –Matt

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