I’ve been blindly inhabiting a world in which you believed in either of Evolution or Intelligent Design ( if neither, then as per the former theory, you’re not going to be around very long. And as per the latter? God only knows!) sadly unaware of a THIRD option. This third option provides not merely a middle ground as one would suppose, but complete relief from at all having to think. It is called Pastafarianism. Derived from, er, ‘ Pasta’. And yes, Pasta as in ” n. Unleavened dough, made of wheat flour, water, and sometimes eggs, that is molded into any of a variety of shapes and boiled. [Italian, from Late Latin, paste, pastry cake; see paste.] “.
Origin of this delightful concept (as per Wiki):
The Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) is the deity of the parody religion the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster or Pastafarianism. Created in 2005 by Oregon State physics graduate Bobby Henderson, it was originally intended as a satirical protest against the decision by the Kansas State Board of Education to permit the teaching of intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in public schools. In an open letter sent to the Kansas State Board of Education, Henderson parodied the concept of intelligent design by professing belief in a supernatural creator which closely resembles spaghetti and meatballs. Henderson further called for his “Pastafarian” theory of creation to be allotted equal time in science classrooms alongside intelligent design and evolution.
The first public exposure of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster can be dated to January 2005 when Bobby Henderson, then a 25-year-old Oregon State University physics graduate, sent an open letter regarding the Flying Spaghetti Monster to the Kansas State Board of Education. The letter was sent prior to the Kansas evolution hearings as an argument against the teaching of intelligent design in biology classes. Henderson, describing himself as a “concerned citizen” representing ten million others, stated that both his theory and intelligent design had equal validity. In his letter, he noted,
I think we can all look forward to the time when these three theories are given equal time in our science classrooms across the country, and eventually the world; One third time for Intelligent Design, one third time for Flying Spaghetti Monsterism, and one third time for logical conjecture based on overwhelming observable evidence.—Bobby Henderson
According to Henderson, since the intelligent design movement uses ambiguous references to a designer, any conceivable entity may fulfill that role, including a Flying Spaghetti Monster. Henderson explained, “I don’t have a problem with religion. What I have a problem with is religion posing as science. If there is a god and he’s intelligent, then I would guess he has a sense of humor.”
In May, having received no reply from the Kansas State Board of Education, Henderson posted the letter on his website, gaining significant public interest. Shortly thereafter, Pastafarianism became an internet phenomenon. Henderson published the responses he then received from Board members. Three board members, all of whom opposed the curriculum amendments, responded positively; a fourth board member responded with the comment “It is a serious offense to mock God.” Henderson has also published the significant amount of hate mail, including death threats, that he has received. Within one year of sending the open letter, Henderson received more than 15,000 emails on the Flying Spaghetti Monster, of which he has said that “about 95 percent have been supportive, while the other five percent have said I am going to hell”. During that time, his site garnered more than 350 million hits and used about 700 gigabytes of bandwidth per month.
As word of Henderson’s challenge to the Board spread, his website and cause received more attention and support. The satiric nature of Henderson’s argument made the Flying Spaghetti Monster popular with bloggers as well as humor and Internet culture websites. The Flying Spaghetti Monster was featured on websites such as Boing Boing, Something Awful, Uncyclopedia, and Fark.com. Moreover, an International Society for Flying Spaghetti Monster Awareness and other fan sites emerged. As public awareness grew, the mainstream media picked up on the phenomenon. The Flying Spaghetti Monster became a symbol for the case against intelligent design in public education. The open letter was printed in many large newspapers, including the The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Chicago Sun-Times, and received “worldwide press attention” according to one journalist. Henderson himself was surprised by its success, stating that he “wrote the letter for [his] own amusement as much as anything”.
This is the most entertaining thing (see also: BRILLIANT!) I’ve read in ages. SO, thank you, My Lord Henderson. You’ve got yourself one more Believer.