ENID, OK - Straining your noodle in the kitchen is a common sight, but not on a state permit! Shawna Hammond's Oklahoma issued driver's license has her posing with a pasta colander on her cranium. But she claims to wear it not as a nod to her favorite food, but for religious freedom.
The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety allows the wearing of religious headpieces as long as your face is clearly seen. So the state couldn't stop her when she put on a colander for her photo license. The religion she claims to be? Pastafarianism.
For those not familiar with the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster; it's a mock-religion with a sole mission of keeping intelligent design and creationism out of public schools. Their satirical view states, if God is introduced into classrooms, than their "pasta" god should be included too!
A colander covering their meatballs is the traditional headdress of the Pastafarians, and these past-rastas are popping up all over the place. Earlier this year, even a council member for the city of Pomfret, New York, was sworn-in with his trusty strainer topping his noggin.
So, something used for draining spaghetti, is now being used to make a religious statement. Still, if you ask us, covering your head with a colander just makes you look crazy. And to that, we say R'Amen!