It’s Friday, and the long Memorial Day weekend lies ahead (well, at least for some of us). Which seat can you take. Hili has apparently taken the Seat of Snark!
A. Our readers are becoming anxious…Hili: What about?A. About your looking frightened in those pictures…Hili: And have you seen their pictures?
Ja: Czytelnicy “Listów” zaczęli się niepokoić…
Ja: Że na zdjęciach wyglądasz na wystraszoną…
Hili: A widziałeś ich zdjęcia?
As I mentioned in a post from Kamloops, each of the speakers at the “Imagine No Religion 4” conference got a lovely hand-knitted (or hand-crocheted; I don’t know the difference) version of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. They were made by a nice woman named Lisa Blackman, who made them while watching the talks (it takes her two hours for each one). I love mine, and discovered that it makes a swell disguise—one that might frighten the Polish princess.
After I inserted this photo, I was shocked to realize that I didn’t know where the Flying Spaghetti Monster came from. Fortunately, Wikipedia has a very substantial entry on the pasta deity, which explains all:
In January 2005, Bobby Henderson, then a 24-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 more than ten million others, argued that intelligent design and his belief “the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster” were equally valid. 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
How nice to see a few throwaway words become not just an icon, but an entire church. You can find the official Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster website here.