Austrian entrepreneur Niko Alm has won the right to wear a colander on his head in his driving license photo. A self-described “pastafarian,” Niko fought for four years for the right to wear the colander as religious entitlement and was even sent to a psychologist to asses his mental health.
Alm is a member of “the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster”, a religion who’s only dogma is “the rejection of dogma”. The Church believe that the Flying Spaghetti Monster was founded as a light-hearted protest against calls to teach intelligent design in schools in Kansas.
Niko Alm wore the Ikea colander (now discontinued) on his head to show that religious privileges that often originate from the Middle Ages, seem bizarre in a contemporary 21st Century context. In Austrian driving licenses, the only head wear allowed on driving license photographs are those worn for religious reasons. Writing on his weblog he details his four year battle for equality.