DMV staff in NJ called the cops on a man who insisted on wearing a spaghetti strainer on his head for his driver's license photo. He explained that the kitchen implement was a necessary accoutrement of his religion, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
Pastafarian Aaron Williams said his headgear was permitted under the DMV's rule banning hats in photos, which makes an exception for religious headwear. "Had it been a turban or a head scarf, or something from a mainstream religion, then it would've been fine," Williams said.
Williams claims to be a serious adherent of the Church: "As a Pastafarian, I believe the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster. The strainer is a showing of my devoutness to the religion." In case you're interested in what kind of people become Pastafarians, the Smoking Gun informs us that Williams is a graduate of Rutgers who works for S&P Dow Jones Indices.
Police were eventually able to talk Williams into having his photo taken without the strainer.
Over in Europe, they manage these things differently. An Austrian man was permitted to wear his spaghetti strainer for a drivers license headshot after authorities certified that he was "psychologically fit" to drive.
Via Gawker and the Smoking Gun.