This Woman Got To Wear A Colander On Her Head In Her License Photo


A Massachusetts woman legally won the right to wear a colander on her head for her driver's license photo.

According to CBS Boston, Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) does not permit hats in license photos unless the head covering is for religious or medical reasons.

So when Lindsay Miller asked to wear a metal spaghetti strainer in her photo, the RMV denied her request.

But a friend of Miller's reached out to the American Humanist Association, which then filed an administrative appeal.

Miller is a Pastafarian, a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

In a press release, the American Humanist Association said the satirical group mocks traditional religious observance by purporting the existence of a flying beast made of pasta is "just as probable as the existence of the Christian God."

A hearing for the appeal was scheduled, but the RMV reversed its decision on Thursday before the issue went to court.

Miller said,

While I don't think the government can involve itself in matters of religion, I do hope this decision encourages my fellow Pastafarian Atheists to come out and express themselves as I have.

The website for Pastafarianism claims the religion has been around for hundreds of years but only became known to the general public 10 years ago.

The website reads,

We are not anti-religion, we are anti-crazy nonsense done in the name of religion. There is a difference.

Some of the wonders awaiting Pastafarians in "FSM heaven" apparently include a beer-spewing volcano and a factory perpetually producing strippers.

Citations: Pastafarian Woman Allowed To Wear Spaghetti Strainer In Drivers License Photo (CBS Boston), Woman Wins Right to Wear Colander on Her Head in Drivers License Photo (TIME)