1. j says

    Well, the Brick Testament Reverend has even more time on his hands.

    But yes, this building is truly inspiring. My faith is strengthened.

  2. Alex says

    Shouldn’t this be classified under “satire” instead of “weirdness”? I mean clearly all superstitiousnees falls in the weirdness category….which would cover a large population of topics here.

  3. Steve_C says

    The stripper factory is new to me.

    It’s starting to sound like the Church of the Man Show.

  4. says

    Speaking as an engineer and an architecture afficianado, I must say that, if it were to be constructed, would be one of the most beautiful structures ever to grace His Noodly Appendage’s green earth. The main entrance in particular with the eyes and the noodly features is particularly breathtaking.

  5. says

    What about Pascal’s wager, PZ? If the gospel of the FSM is true, then following the tents of the Pastafarian faith will result in your being rewarded with eternal access to beer volcanos. If the FSM faith is false, then no beer (but no harm done). If Pascal’s wager is okay for Christianity, it sure as noodles must be as valid for the FSM, right?

    Since I don’t drink beer, I suppose I’m an agnostic.

  6. DominEditrix says

    following the tents of the Pastafarian faith

    Does that make one a camp follower?

  7. says

    I’m afraid, though, that I’m such an atheist that if such a building existed in reality, I’d still spurn it as superstitious nonsense.

    But, but there’s a *beer stand* inside. I mean, if you could stomache the irony of holding a “Drinking Liberally” session in an American Legion(!) beer garden, surely you could tolerate entering a church for beer. It’s not like they’re only offering cheap nasty wine like Christian churches.

  8. aiabx says

    Come on PZ, a building like that would be evidence of the existence of the FSM. Especially if it had beer, strippers, pirates and midgits. You aren’t going to let evidence get trumped by atheistical dogma, are you?

  9. Alex says

    And then there’s the meatball for noodle’s sake! I mean think about it….meatballs are fashioned in the shape of spheres! Can’t you see the significance!! The sphere holds the most volume with a manifold carrying the least amount of surface area! I mean come on! Is your head in the sand?

  10. NelC says

    You’re all filthy heretics!

    It’s “lego”, not “legos”! One lego, two lego, many lego!

  11. Paul says

    If you doubt the FSM is possible, how is it there are PYGMIES + DWARFS??

    (Or should that be PIRATES + MIDGITS?)

  12. Сторож (Уатчман) says

    Nel is correct. Lego is a plural noun, like, you know, like PASTA. The one and the many are one. The many and the one are many. Nestled in the many is the one meatball. Ok, the two meatballs. The duality of yin/yang and masculine/feminine being expressed in the perfection of the spheres. And Lego makes pirate sets. It all makes sense.

  13. Stephen Erickson says

    I’m sorry, when I was a kid, I played with legos.

    “Let’s play Lego!” sounds far too effete and, frankly, European.

  14. says

    Oh boy! LEGO(R) pedantry!

    According to the company, “The LEGO brand name should always be written in capital letters. LEGO must *never* be used as a generic term or in the plural or as a possessive noun. When the LEGO brand name is used as part of a noun, it must never appear on its own.”

    ( )

    So LEGO isn’t a noun at all, apparently.

    If you believe The LEGO Group, that is … who have probably lost this battle, much like the battle for Kleenex and Xerox. :)

    Having said that, someone really needs to get the designer of the LEGO FSM Cathedral some classic Castle sets.

  15. says

    I sympathize with the effort of the Lego masters to control the way their trademarked name is used, but I won’t cooperate as much as they would like me to. ALL CAPS? I don’t think so.

    Back in the day when I edited a little computer magazine (a club newsletter), I was always faced with companies that want to highlight their names in obtrusive ways. COMPAQ was notable for its uppercase corporate name, but I always reduced it to Compaq in text. They want ALL CAPS, they can pay for ad space. dBASE II (III, IV) was another. I dBased it. Weird internal capitalization was mostly okay by me, as long as it respected word boundaries. WordPerfect, for example. That was back before all of today’s eStuff.

    Good times. When “noodling around” was not yet a religious rite.

  16. says

    but I won’t cooperate as much as they would like me to. ALL CAPS? I don’t think so.

    I don’t think anyone could realistically obey their wishes without sounding like a complete goofball, since all-caps today means shouting.

    … but back in the days of computer club newsletters, did computers even have small letters? :)

  17. Eric Paulsen says

    We had better be careful…

    Real religions got started this way. – Fred J


    When I was in Hospital Corpsman “A” School back in 1988 I spent way too much time staying up late watching AWFUL movies and reading the Weekly World News for kicks. I met a guy who was also an insomniac and over an article in the WWN (something about lizardmen found in the ruins of Noah’s ark I believe) we came upon our inspiration for the religion that would result in three guys getting discharged. We determined after much heated philosophical debate that Gumby was OBVIOUSLY greater than God because Gumby made HIMSELF from a little green ball of clay. After polishing the creation myth and adding back story featuring his talking ass Pokey the first Church of Gumbology was born. It was a hoot at first and we even made up T-shirts for the few “followers” who wanted one, but it quickly spiralled out of control.

    I won’t bore you further with the details but suffice it to say that there were complaints lodged by evangelicals, a letter written in blood by a lunatic, and a minor scandal that tainted two classes on their way to graduation.

  18. Scott Hatfield says

    Hmm. Perhaps one of you Pastafarians are ready to develop some serious theology, as in ‘The Logos of Legos’?


  19. says

    This image should shed any lingering doubts about the reality of the Spaghetti Monster. The facts are simply unspurnable, dear Professor Myers!

  20. says

    Small niggle, but I hate the phrase “too much time on their hands”. It’s always applied to someone who’s having harmless creative fun: writing, knitting, satisfying whimsical curiosity, or blogging about obscure references to squid.

    Nobody ever says “Do you know, over 1 million people watch Hollyoaks? They’ve got too much time on their hands!” or “You work overtime at a job you hate just so you can afford a bigger car? I wish I had that much time on my hands!”