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Alternative Noodly Design, in Pirate Regalia

You are probably familiar with the antics of the Kansas School Board, a majority of which is trying to incorporate the arguments of religious Intelligent Design (Christian Creationism in a new suit) into the state’s public school curriculum. It looks as though they are going to succeed.

What happens now? Well, now the stakes have been raised. Bobby Henderson writes in an open letter to the Kansas School Board:

I am writing you with much concern after having read of your hearing to decide whether the alternative theory of Intelligent Design should be taught along with the theory of Evolution. I think we can all agree that it is important for students to hear multiple viewpoints so they can choose for themselves the theory that makes the most sense to them. I am concerned, however, that students will only hear one theory of Intelligent Design.

Let us remember that there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design. I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster. It was He who created all that we see and all that we feel. We feel strongly that the overwhelming scientific evidence pointing towards evolutionary processes is nothing but a coincidence, put in place by Him.

It is for this reason that I’m writing you today, to formally request that this alternative theory be taught in your schools, along with the other two theories. In fact, I will go so far as to say, if you do not agree to do this, we will be forced to proceed with legal action. I’m sure you see where we are coming from. If the Intelligent Design theory is not based on faith, but instead another scientific theory, as is claimed, then you must also allow our theory to be taught, as it is also based on science, not on faith.

I’m sure you now realize how important it is that your students are taught this alternate theory. It is absolutely imperative that they realize that observable evidence is at the discretion of a Flying Spaghetti Monster. Furthermore, it is disrespectful to teach our beliefs without wearing His chosen outfit, which of course is full pirate regalia. I cannot stress the importance of this enough, and unfortunately cannot describe in detail why this must be done as I fear this letter is already becoming too long. The concise explanation is that He becomes angry if we don’t.

You may be interested to know that global warming, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters are a direct effect of the shrinking numbers of Pirates since the 1800s. For your interest, I have included a graph of the approximate number of pirates versus the average global temperature over the last 200 years. As you can see, there is a statistically significant inverse relationship between pirates and global temperature….

Bobby continues:


  • Flimsy moral standards.
  • Every friday is a relgious holiday. If your work/school objects to that, demand your religious beliefs are respected and threaten to call the ACLU.
  • Our heaven is WAY better. We’ve got a Stripper Factory AND a Beer Volcano.

Devotees write in to Bobby:

Dear Bobby,

I have recently purchased one of your coffee mugs, but it is giving me
no end of grief. Every time I put coffee, hot chocolate, or hot tea in
the mug, it instantly transubstantiates into what I assume is the blood
of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. It sort of looks like marinara sauce,
but I’m afraid to taste it. Curiously, when I put wine into the mug,
it just turns into a nice, full-bodied chianti — beer does the same
thing. Is there any act of sacrifice or ritual that I can perform to
stop these miracles from occurring? While I bask in His greatness and
I am truly awed by His power, I’m also kind of thirsty. Any advice
would be welcome.

Sebastian [xxxxxxxxx], Ph.D.


Genius. Sheer genius, with sauce.

4 thoughts on “Alternative Noodly Design, in Pirate Regalia”

  1. HareTrinity says:

    Oh, of course!

  2. randy ray haugen says:

    fight fire with fire.
    fight ignorance with common sense and a touch of humor.
    good job, bobby!

  3. Mark says:

    Will schools be allowed to teach exactly why the field of science objects to Intelligent Design? Will schools teach that Intelligent Design is not a scientific theory but only a theological idea with no basis in scientific fact?

  4. Julian F. says:

    Well, the direction of the curriculum for intelligent design as it is applied in school districts always points toward supposed “problems” or “questions” relating to biological evolution – but never to intelligent design itself.

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