Does This Colander Make My Head Look Fat?

Niko Alm seems thrilled that Austrian officials gave him the green light to wear a colander, the official headwear for Pastafarians, in his driver’s license picture. It’s only fair — they allow for other religious head covering as well:

“Today I was able to get my new driving license, and in it you can clearly see that I’m wearing a colander on my head to demonstrate my allegiance to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster,” Alm wrote in his blog, adding “My headwear has now been recognized by the Republic of Austria.”

You can read a translated version of his own blog posts about the experience here.

For some reason, though, Alm had to undergo a psychological evaluation to gauge his sanity. I’m guessing they wouldn’t have done that for an Orthodox Jewish man or a Muslim woman…

Altogether, it took him three years from start to finish to get that image on his license. (Local officials say the license was ready in 2009. Alm just never picked it up.)

I haven’t figured out if Alm is serious or just trying to make a mockery of the religious headgear exception. Either way, I tried it myself.

I just feel silly…

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • http://bandsanddesign.com Rich Samuels

    That’s because that’s not a colander, it’s a sieve. 

  • http://bandsanddesign.com Rich Samuels

    That’s because that’s not a colander, it’s a sieve. 

  • http://bandsanddesign.com Rich Samuels

    That’s because that’s not a colander, it’s a sieve. 

  • http://bandsanddesign.com Rich Samuels

    That’s because that’s not a colander, it’s a sieve. 

  • http://bandsanddesign.com Rich Samuels

    That’s because that’s not a colander, it’s a sieve. 

  • http://bandsanddesign.com Rich Samuels

    That’s because that’s not a colander, it’s a sieve. 

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    It’s very becoming, Hemant. Gives you that devil-may-care, pasta-chef-about-town look. (Although you look a little drained in that picture. Must be the stress of moving the site.) Also, if you’re ever afflicted with paranoid schizophrenia, it’s much more stylish than tinfoil, but it will still protect you from the thought projections of the Mingettes of Little Mongo.

    Ptah. Why is there hair in my spaghetti?

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    It’s very becoming, Hemant. Gives you that devil-may-care, pasta-chef-about-town look. (Although you look a little drained in that picture. Must be the stress of moving the site.) Also, if you’re ever afflicted with paranoid schizophrenia, it’s much more stylish than tinfoil, but it will still protect you from the thought projections of the Mingettes of Little Mongo.

    Ptah. Why is there hair in my spaghetti?

    • http://www.facebook.com/carriep63 Carrie ‘Murray’ Petri

      “A little drained”  hardee-har. :)

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    It’s very becoming, Hemant. Gives you that devil-may-care, pasta-chef-about-town look. (Although you look a little drained in that picture. Must be the stress of moving the site.) Also, if you’re ever afflicted with paranoid schizophrenia, it’s much more stylish than tinfoil, but it will still protect you from the thought projections of the Mingettes of Little Mongo.

    Ptah. Why is there hair in my spaghetti?

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    It’s very becoming, Hemant. Gives you that devil-may-care, pasta-chef-about-town look. (Although you look a little drained in that picture. Must be the stress of moving the site.) Also, if you’re ever afflicted with paranoid schizophrenia, it’s much more stylish than tinfoil, but it will still protect you from the thought projections of the Mingettes of Little Mongo.

    Ptah. Why is there hair in my spaghetti?

  • Anonymous

    Very stylin’.

  • Anonymous

    Very stylin’.

  • Anonymous

    Very stylin’.

  • Anonymous

    Very stylin’.

  • Anonymous

    Very stylin’.

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    For some reason, though, Alm had to undergo a psychological evaluation to gauge his sanity. I’m guessing they wouldn’t have done that for an Orthodox Jewish man or a Muslim woman…

    They already have the diagnosis for those.

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    For some reason, though, Alm had to undergo a psychological evaluation to gauge his sanity. I’m guessing they wouldn’t have done that for an Orthodox Jewish man or a Muslim woman…

    They already have the diagnosis for those.

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    For some reason, though, Alm had to undergo a psychological evaluation to gauge his sanity. I’m guessing they wouldn’t have done that for an Orthodox Jewish man or a Muslim woman…

    They already have the diagnosis for those.

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    For some reason, though, Alm had to undergo a psychological evaluation to gauge his sanity. I’m guessing they wouldn’t have done that for an Orthodox Jewish man or a Muslim woman…

    They already have the diagnosis for those.

  • Mary

    Luvin it.

  • Mary

    Luvin it.

  • Mary

    Luvin it.

  • Mary

    Luvin it.

  • Northlander

    Plus it’ll keep the government from reading your thoughts.

  • Northlander

    Plus it’ll keep the government from reading your thoughts.

  • http://cycleninja.blogspot.com CycleNinja

    Someone smarter than I pointed out that the proper headgear should be a pirate hat, anyway.

  • http://cycleninja.blogspot.com CycleNinja

    Someone smarter than I pointed out that the proper headgear should be a pirate hat, anyway.

    • http://twitter.com/HTL2001 HTL

      Are there different pastafarian sects now?

    • http://twitter.com/HTL2001 HTL

      Are there different pastafarian sects now?

    • http://twitter.com/HTL2001 HTL

      Are there different pastafarian sects now?

      • Michael

        There have been different pastafarian sects for a long time. I remember the reformed pastafarians being anti-seatbelt because seatbelts encourage people to drive unsafely.

      • Michael

        There have been different pastafarian sects for a long time. I remember the reformed pastafarians being anti-seatbelt because seatbelts encourage people to drive unsafely.

      • Michael

        There have been different pastafarian sects for a long time. I remember the reformed pastafarians being anti-seatbelt because seatbelts encourage people to drive unsafely.

      • Michael

        There have been different pastafarian sects for a long time. I remember the reformed pastafarians being anti-seatbelt because seatbelts encourage people to drive unsafely.

      • Michael

        There have been different pastafarian sects for a long time. I remember the reformed pastafarians being anti-seatbelt because seatbelts encourage people to drive unsafely.

      • Michael

        There have been different pastafarian sects for a long time. I remember the reformed pastafarians being anti-seatbelt because seatbelts encourage people to drive unsafely.

      • Michael

        There have been different pastafarian sects for a long time. I remember the reformed pastafarians being anti-seatbelt because seatbelts encourage people to drive unsafely.

      • Michael

        There have been different pastafarian sects for a long time. I remember the reformed pastafarians being anti-seatbelt because seatbelts encourage people to drive unsafely.

        • Jeff Ritter

          Isn’t there also a white-sauce and no meat branch as well?

      • Michael

        There have been different pastafarian sects for a long time. I remember the reformed pastafarians being anti-seatbelt because seatbelts encourage people to drive unsafely.

      • Michael

        There have been different pastafarian sects for a long time. I remember the reformed pastafarians being anti-seatbelt because seatbelts encourage people to drive unsafely.

      • Michael

        There have been different pastafarian sects for a long time. I remember the reformed pastafarians being anti-seatbelt because seatbelts encourage people to drive unsafely.

      • Michael

        There have been different pastafarian sects for a long time. I remember the reformed pastafarians being anti-seatbelt because seatbelts encourage people to drive unsafely.

      • Michael

        There have been different pastafarian sects for a long time. I remember the reformed pastafarians being anti-seatbelt because seatbelts encourage people to drive unsafely.

      • Michael

        There have been different pastafarian sects for a long time. I remember the reformed pastafarians being anti-seatbelt because seatbelts encourage people to drive unsafely.

      • Michael

        There have been different pastafarian sects for a long time. I remember the reformed pastafarians being anti-seatbelt because seatbelts encourage people to drive unsafely.

      • Michael

        There have been different pastafarian sects for a long time. I remember the reformed pastafarians being anti-seatbelt because seatbelts encourage people to drive unsafely.

      • Michael

        There have been different pastafarian sects for a long time. I remember the reformed pastafarians being anti-seatbelt because seatbelts encourage people to drive unsafely.

      • Michael

        There have been different pastafarian sects for a long time. I remember the reformed pastafarians being anti-seatbelt because seatbelts encourage people to drive unsafely.

      • http://religiouscomics.net/ Jeff P

        Don’t tell hoverfrog.  He is from a different sect.

      • http://religiouscomics.net/ Jeff P

        Don’t tell hoverfrog.  He is from a different sect.

        • Anonymous

          Damn straight.

      • http://religiouscomics.net/ Jeff P

        Don’t tell hoverfrog.  He is from a different sect.

      • http://religiouscomics.net/ Jeff P

        Don’t tell hoverfrog.  He is from a different sect.

      • http://religiouscomics.net/ Jeff P

        Don’t tell hoverfrog.  He is from a different sect.

      • http://religiouscomics.net/ Jeff P

        Don’t tell hoverfrog.  He is from a different sect.

      • http://religiouscomics.net/ Jeff P

        Don’t tell hoverfrog.  He is from a different sect.

      • http://religiouscomics.net/ Jeff P

        Don’t tell hoverfrog.  He is from a different sect.

      • http://religiouscomics.net/ Jeff P

        Don’t tell hoverfrog.  He is from a different sect.

    • http://twitter.com/HTL2001 HTL

      Are there different pastafarian sects now?

    • http://twitter.com/HTL2001 HTL

      Are there different pastafarian sects now?

    • http://twitter.com/HTL2001 HTL

      Are there different pastafarian sects now?

    • http://twitter.com/HTL2001 HTL

      Are there different pastafarian sects now?

    • Renshia

      That’s only for American pirates. Austrian pirates were not as sophisticated as the 
      American ones.

  • Erin W

    Looks silly, too, but hey, if we can’t be a little silly, life wouldn’t be worth it.  :)

  • Erin W

    Looks silly, too, but hey, if we can’t be a little silly, life wouldn’t be worth it.  :)

  • Erin W

    Looks silly, too, but hey, if we can’t be a little silly, life wouldn’t be worth it.  :)

  • Erin W

    Looks silly, too, but hey, if we can’t be a little silly, life wouldn’t be worth it.  :)

  • Erin W

    Looks silly, too, but hey, if we can’t be a little silly, life wouldn’t be worth it.  :)

  • Erin W

    Looks silly, too, but hey, if we can’t be a little silly, life wouldn’t be worth it.  :)

  • Erin W

    Looks silly, too, but hey, if we can’t be a little silly, life wouldn’t be worth it.  :)

  • Trace

    I actually think you look quite dignified.

  • Anonymous

    Wouldn’t you love to be there the first time a police officer or airport security asks him for ID. I can see the thought bubble now:

    “OK so it looks like the picture matches the face…wait, huh? What the &%$# is that? It looks like a…but that can’t be!”

  • Anonymous

    Wouldn’t you love to be there the first time a police officer or airport security asks him for ID. I can see the thought bubble now:

    “OK so it looks like the picture matches the face…wait, huh? What the &%$# is that? It looks like a…but that can’t be!”

  • Joe G

    This guy is hilarious. Well done, sir.

  • Steve

    It’s quite subtle too. Could be mistaken for Jewish or Muslim headgear

  • Joshua Fisher

    Pastafarian Mexi-gay. Well done, sir!

  • http://www.facebook.com/newmodelno115 Dustin Tucker

    Makes you look like that dude from One Piece.

  • http://www.facebook.com/newmodelno115 Dustin Tucker

    Makes you look like that dude from One Piece.

  • http://www.facebook.com/newmodelno115 Dustin Tucker

    Makes you look like that dude from One Piece.

  • http://www.facebook.com/newmodelno115 Dustin Tucker

    Makes you look like that dude from One Piece.

  • http://www.facebook.com/newmodelno115 Dustin Tucker

    Makes you look like that dude from One Piece.

  • Anonymous

    The ID picture is harmless. Could easily be mistaken for Jewish or Muslim headgear

    • Santiago

      It’ll still be hilarious when someone inevitably remarks on his “Jewish/Muslim” headgear and gets to hear The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster!

  • http://www.facebook.com/AnonymousBoy Larry Meredith

    “I haven’t figured out if Alm is serious or just trying to make a mockery of the religious headgear exception.”

    It can’t be both?

  • Hitch

    Your picture is way too serious for an ID.

  • Hitch

    Your picture is way too serious for an ID.

  • Renshia

    Thank god for gravity. You would have fell right through!

    Love the change Hemant.

    (Formally Richard P.)

  • Anonymous

    I kind of dig your new look, Hemant. Gives you that kitchen-safari pith helmet chic.  Your expression is priceless too.

    cassiek

  • Drakk

    I call for this picture to replace the smiling Mexigay(tm) in the top banner.

  • gsw

    and this from an authority that rejects a passport photo which shows your teeth! 

  • Venture Free

    That photo of Hemant plays a weird trick on my eyes. Something about the proportions make his eyes look really big to me. Like human/alien hybrid big. It’s not unpleasant, just odd.

  • Anonymous

    looks like an army helmet

  • Anonymous

    This summer anybody who is anybody will be wearing kitchen utensils and appliances.  Colanders are the new black.  They go well with the eye patch too.

    Of course the original Flash has been wearing one for decades.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5OU27NYF34TD464UKGHSMM2VQU Cypress Green

    I think Hemant needs to collect photos of pastafarians wearing collanders for a future post.

  • Guest

    he is “serious”, there is a link to a petition for a referendum against the church privileges, titled “no state within a state”. Well done! I am considering doing the same next time I need a passport picture.

    • Guest

      PS: love the headgear Hermant, I second the call for replacing the top picture with this one! 

  • http://twitter.com/findo Andrew Finden

    So.. is this guy going to be consistent with his claim? Or is he merely a nominal / cultural Pastafarian, who only follows the requirements when it suits him?

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