August 25, 2005


First there was the turkish guy looking to meet chicks. Then there was the plump kid who lipsynched to "Dragostea Di Tea."

Say hello to the latest viral Web phenomenon: the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Now known by the acronym FSM, the damn thing already has a citation on Wikipedia, which reads:

In June 2005, Bobby Henderson submitted an open letter to the Kansas Board of Education in response to their decision on giving intelligent design equal time with evolution by natural selection in biology classes. He demanded that Flying Spaghetti Monsterism also be given equal time in classrooms, along with the other, more traditional religious creator. Shortly afterwards, he received responses from two sympathetic members of the board. A third response was also received in mid-August.

Over the next two months, traffic on Henderson's FSM website grew steadily. The popularity of the site exploded in August, when the Flying Spaghetti Monster was featured on several blogs and Internet news sites such as Articles in the mainstream media soon followed.

In the "Latest News" section of his website Henderson notes that U.S. President George W. Bush and U.S. Senator Bill Frist have publicly supported the teaching of non-evolutionary theories, and infers that they therefore support the teaching of Flying Spaghetti Monsterism.

Followers of Flying Spaghetti Monster sometimes sometimes refer to themselves as "Pastafarians" and claim to have been touched by "His Noodly Appendage" and preach the word of their "noodly master" as the one true religion.

A few tenets:

# Prayers are ended with the word RAmen rather than Amen. Benefits of conversion:

# Like the great noodles they worship, Flying Spaghetti Monsterists have flimsy moral standards.

# Promise of a stripper factory and a beer volcano in Heaven.

A rival faction, based on SPAM (Spaghetti & Pulsar Activating Meatballs), has formed and is calling for a Holy War against FSM. SPAMation claims to have the One True Letter to the Kansas School Board.

The phenomenon shows no sign of abating. Decals depicting FSM are being made to mock the "Jesus Fish" people put on their cars. It's also spawned a line of WWFSMD? shirts.

Posted by Jeff at August 25, 2005 07:59 AM | TrackBack

Did you see he has a, "WWFSMD" bumper sticker?

Posted by: Kat at August 27, 2005 09:40 AM

oops, yes you did see that, i see.

Posted by: Kat at August 27, 2005 09:54 AM
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