Monday, December 16, 2019


Holy headgear:

From The Daily Telegraph (NSW) 14 December 2019: 

For those not aware: 

-  The Flying Spaghetti Monster is the deity of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or Pastafarianism. 

- Pastafarianism (a portmanteau of pasta and Rastafarianism) is a social movement that promotes a light-hearted view of religion and opposes the teaching of intelligent design and creationism in public schools. 

- According to adherents, Pastafarianism is a "real, legitimate religion, as much as any other". In New Zealand, Pastafarian representatives are authorized to officiate weddings. However, in the United States, a federal court has ruled that the "Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster" is not a real religion. In August 2018 the Dutch Council of State also ruled that Pastafarianism is not a religion. 

- The "Flying Spaghetti Monster" was first described in a satirical open letter written by Bobby Henderson in 2005 to protest the Kansas State Board of Education decision to permit teaching intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in public school science classes. In the letter, Henderson demanded equal time in science classrooms for "Flying Spaghetti Monsterism", alongside intelligent design and evolution.[After Henderson published the letter on his website, the Flying Spaghetti Monster rapidly became an Internet phenomenon and a symbol of opposition to the teaching of intelligent design in public schools. 

-  Pastafarians claim that a colander is holy headwear for members of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti monster, leading to some countries and authorities allowing identity and driver licence applicants to be so photographed . . . 

In July 2011 Austrian pastafarian Niko Alm won the legal right to be shown in his driving license photo wearing a pasta strainer on his head, after three years spent pursuing permission and obtaining an examination certifying that he was psychologically fit to drive. He got the idea after reading that Austrian regulations allow headgear in official photos only when it is worn for religious reasons. 


In July 2013, a member of the Czech Pirate Party from Brno was given permission to wear a pasta strainer on his head for the photograph on his official Czech Republic ID card.The Brno City Hall spokesman explained, "The application complies with the laws...where headgear for religious or medical reasons is permitted if it doesn't hide the face". 


In January 2014 a member of the Pomfret, New York Town Council, Christopher Schaeffer, wore a colander while taking the oath of office. 


n June 2014 a New Zealand man obtained a driver's license with a photograph of himself wearing a blue spaghetti strainer on his head. This was granted under a law allowing the wearing of religious headgear in official photos. 


In November 2014 former porn star Asia Carrera obtained an identity photo with the traditional Pastafarian headgear from a Department of Motor Vehicles office in Hurricane, Utah. The director of Utah's Driver License Division says that about a dozen Pastafarians have had their state driver's license photos taken with a similar pasta strainer over the years. 


In 2016 in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, Pastafarian and law student Mienke de Wilde petitioned the courts to be allowed to wear a colander in her driver's license photo. She lost the petition, both at first instance and on appeal. 

 Watch what your pooch eats this festive season. . . .

As we indulge at Christmas, bear in mind that what we enjoy may kill your dog if he or she eats it. 

Make sure that you don’t give the following to your dog or allow your dog to get hold of any of them: 

Chocolate: It is toxic to dogs and cats, even in small quantities. 

Nutmeg: One of the lesser known poisonous foods. Dogs can suffer from tremors, seizures, issues with the nervous system and even death. 

Avocadoes: They contain a dangerous toxin which can damage the heart, lungs and tissue of many different animals. 

● Turkey skin, pork crackling, sausages and fatty meats: These can lead to inflammation of the pancreas due to high fat content. 

Onions and garlic: Can cause gastric irritation and anaemia if they are consumed in large quantities 

Grapes and raisins: Can cause acute kidney failure. 

Macadamia nuts: Can be toxic to dogs. Symptoms will likely occur within 12 hours and can include vomiting, hyperthermia and elevated heart rate. 

A man eats KFC at a vegan protest . . . 

A man has gone viral on social media after he was filmed holding a box of KFC and tucking in to a drumstick, metres away from vegan activists. 

Click on the following link to see the video: 

The man has been both praised and slammed after he was caught on camera tucking in to a box of KFC just metres from a confronting vegan protest. Footage of the unidentified Sydney man, uploaded to the social media app TikTok, has already gone viral, garnering close to 300,000 likes. The video, captioned “Meat eating protest in Sydney gets a hungry visitor”, was shot just outside Sydney’s Town Hall — one of the busiest areas of the CBD.

13 December 2019 

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