13 Jul '11, 1am

Austria allows man to wear pasta strainer on his head for driver's licence photo after accepting his Pastafarian beliefs

VIENNA - PASTA strainers are now considered suitable religious headgear in Austria ... at least as far as the transport authorities are concerned. Three years after applying for a new driver's licence, an Austrian man has finally received the laminated card. And the picture shows him sporting an upturned pasta strainer on his head. Nothing to worry about: the authorities ruled the kitchen utensil was a suitable religious accessory for a Pastafarian. Mr Niko Alm, an entrepreneur, told the Austria Press Agency he had the idea when he read that headgear was allowed in official pictures only for 'confessional' reasons. The atheist says he belongs to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a light-hearted faith whose members call themselves Pastafarians and whose 'only dogma ... is the rejection of dogma', according to its website. Accordingly, Mr Alm sent his application f...

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