OK, I’m probably the last person to hear about this, but this is insanely funny. In response to the Kansas State Board of Education’s ridiculous and backwards decision to teach Intelligent Design (essentially Christian Creationism dressed up as science), somebody has created a parody religion called “Flying Spaghetti Monsterism”, which has gained a huge following in the past few months. This open letter to the Kansas School Board describes the religion and states that is is just as much science as Intelligent Design. If you have any doubts, just check out the chart that compares the decline of pirates in the world to the rise of the global average temperature and thus clearly proves that global warming is caused by the decline of pirates.

The responses from the few sane people on the Kansas School Board are also worth reading. I wish them luck for the final vote in October.

Wikipedia entry on the Flying Spaghetti Monster

BoingBoing posting with nice downloadable artwork to create a Flying Spaghetti Monster bumper sticker