Another Pastafarian gets a driver’s license picture

September 13, 2014 • 2:02 pm

This is at least the third such incident I’ve heard of: a Pastafarian—an atheist with noodly tendencies—named Shawna Henderson in Oklahoma, got her driver’s license picture taken with the Sacred Headgear (a colander) atop her head. That, apparently, is legal. Here’s the story from KFOR News, and her driver’s license:

As PuffHo reports:

Hammond told KFOR that she is an atheist who believes that unbelievers should be able to express their views.

“I’m glad I was able to do it. It’s hard living as a non-religious person in Oklahoma. It felt good to be recognized that we can all coexist and have those equal rights,” she said.

A screenshot of her license:
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Quite fetching, I’d say.


29 thoughts on “Another Pastafarian gets a driver’s license picture

  1. I’m touched, by a noodly appendage no doubt.

    Makes me wonder if there is any sectarian strife yet? Should the Noodly Appendages be tossed with butter or not? Is meatballs a necessary part of the Holy Mess?

    1. Yes; always toss pasta with butter immediately after draining, regardless with whatever will be done next.

      Meatballs are loverly, of course, but not at all mandatory.

      It is mandatory, however, that the noodles be freshly made. But fear not! Total time to make and cook fresh noodles is about the same as total time to cook dead-and-boxed noodles. You just swap prep and cooking times. Yes, it can take several minutes to make the dough and roll out and cut the noodles, but it only takes a couple minutes to cook them — as opposed to the ten-fifteen minutes to cook the zombie stuff.

      1) Weigh an egg.
      2) Multiply the weight by 1.85.
      3) Weigh out that much semolina flour (available in bulk from any grocery store that carries bulk products).
      4) On the counter or a clean plate, dump the flour and make a well in the center.
      5) Crack the egg into the well in the center of the flour.
      6) Lightly beat the egg with a fork, slowly integrating more and more of the flour as you go.
      7) When the fork becomes useless, knead the dough until all the flour is incorporated.
      8) Ideally (but not mandatory), let the dough rest, tightly wrapped in plastic, for at least fifteen minutes.
      9) Run the pasta through your pasta machine as directed. In the initial kneading, be sure to keep putting it through on the largest setting until it’s firm and smooth — a dozen or so times.
      10) After sending it through the cutters on the pasta machine, immediately dump it in the pot of boiling water with a generous pinch of salt and a good glug of olive oil.
      11) Stir constantly.
      12) When it returns to a boil, set the timer for one minute.
      13) At the end of the minute, drain the pasta and return it to the pot with a tablespoon or so of (unmelted) butter.
      14) Toss the pasta with the butter until the butter has melted and absorbed into the pasta.
      15) Finish with whatever sauces, etc. you had planned, if any (but fresh pasta tossed in butter topped with freshly-grated Reggiano is itself marvelous).
      16) Share and enjoy!

      You get about two servings per egg. Unused dough refrigerates perfectly.


      1. Ah, so there are sects! Your magic recipe is too detailed (and lovely food-poetic) to be of basal pastafarianism.

        Okay, I’ll have the sauce.

        1. Okay, I’ll have the sauce.

          Well, then, the simplest would be Fettuccine Alfredo. Proceed as above, but, of course, use the wide cutting rollers.

          After the butter has melted into the pasta, add a good glug of cream and a dash of nutmeg and return the pot to medium heat. Note: if the package ingredients have more than a single five-letter word, it’s not cream. Strauss Dairy is highly recommended.

          Stir constantly and heat just until the cream is thickened and mostly absorbed; it’ll only take a minute or two. Remove from heat and add a good handful or two of freshly-grated Reggiano. Things go fast, so you’ll have to have the cheese grated before the pasta dough goes through the pasta machine. Gently fold the cheese into the pasta until it’s almost but not quite perfectly smooth. There’s a rapid transition between slightly lumpy and stringy and the residual heat will take care of the last small lumps.

          Plate, top with an additional sprinkle of Reggiano and serve immediately.


  2. I think this is amusing, BUT how do we know that this is not how other religions started? Two hundred years from now, some joker might think this is real? The idea of a virgin birth is weird, but maybe in the first century it was hilarious? Maybe the burning bush was a dirty joke? I know I laugh every time I hear about the angel Moroni (his name has moron on it, come on, it was obviously a joke).

    1. Parodies rarely get mistraken for reality. Religions get started when conmen decide to turn a prophet by becoming one.

      That even applies when people take their parodies very seriously. See, for example, from earlier generations, the Church of the Subgenius, Discordianism, and Unicornitarianism.

      Contrast with your own example of Joe Smith as well as L. Ron Hubbard.

      Or, for a rather delightful (and short) read from a couple millennia ago, I’d direct you to Lucian of Samosata’s The Passing of Peregrinus.



    2. > BUT how do we know that this is not how other religions started?

      Ummm, this is EXACTLY how all other religions started – but without the smiling. EXACTLY. Some guy just made it all up.

      And everyone knows this. Everyone. After all, if everyone believed in personal revelations and god-inspired books, wouldn’t we all be Mormons – or Scientologists?

  3. How come her license picture looks so nice? Compare it to my license picture which is ugly, ugly, ugly. I wonder if putting a colander on my head would improve my license picture? Maybe I should switch to Oklahoma for my driver’s license? Obviously their cameras don’t have the usual DMV distortion lenses. Actually, I don’t think anything would help.

    1. Don’t switch to British Columbia. They will make you take it over again, if you smile. Her picture might not pass here, with that little grin.

  4. I noticed in the video that State officials promised to ‘take another look’ at the rule. Can’t have people wearing just anything they feel like, can we? We might make a concession for genuine religion but we don’t want dirty pinko commie atheists abusing our rule, do we? If we allow that, then people might start thinking they can do anything they want to, and then where would we be?

  5. Was the link’s video censored? Near the end, the most important statment in the entire piece, the pastafarian’s statement “…that we can all coexist and have those equal rights” is muted out. What’s with that?

  6. And Cheeses took the spaghetti, broke it and said, “This is my body, which will be given up for you.” With that, he immersed the pasta in boiling water.

    Every time you drop the pasta in the pot and spread melted cheese over it, it really is his body.

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