Wednesday, September 14th, 2005
Parenting for Pastafarians
You’ve no doubt heard of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a theory about the intelligent design of the universe held true by Pastafarians. [For reference, visit Wikipedia's FSM page or the original Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.]
Heretofore, Pastafarian parents have been left out of the loop. Now,
thanks to "Illustrator Who Thinks He’s a Software Developer" Buz
Carter, there is an FSM coloring book under development. In that spirit, I have cobbled together a list of makeshift FSM parenting resources.
- FSM coloring book by Buz Carter.
- Spaghetti and Meatball drawings for Kansas kids. These two capture the awe and fear instilled by the Monster. (Kids 12 and under can color one of the drawings and bring it to Valentino’s Pizza to receive 50 percent off a children’s buffet or a free small drink.)
- Lady and the Tramp falling in love over spaghetti and meatballs.
- Pirate coloring pages [Pastafarians dress in full pirate regalia].
- Pirate for son or daughter of two daddies, courtesy of the National Institutes of Health (hey, this pirate is so very stereotypically jovial).
- Spaghetti Maze (print and play maze), courtesy of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers.
- Dancing Spaghetti science experiment from the National Science Foundation’s Science & Technology Center.
- Pasta arts and crafts for preschoolers from everythingpreschool.com.
- Spaghetti mobiles from the Family Education Network.
- Spaghetti Eddie, by Ryan Sanangelo. Eddie harnesses the power of His Noodly Appendage to repeatedly save the day.
- More Spaghetti, I Say!, by Rita Golden Gelman. Minnie the Monkey is crazy for spaghetti. Ooh, a monkey advocating for His Noodly Appendage? Take that evolutionists!
- On Top of Spaghetti, illustrated by Gene Barretta. Inspired by the popular children’s love ballad about spaghetti and a lost meatball.
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett. If meatballs rained from the sky, wouldn’t you classify that as proof of a vengeful Flying Spaghetti Monster? [Thanks to Elizabeth for the tip.]
P.S. I harbor no ill will to anyone of any faith. I do believe in evolution, enjoy eating spaghetti and think the modern revival of pirates that is detached from historical reality has made pirates fun. Who doesn’t want to have fun?