I'm thinking specifically of the viral news stories about various Pastafarians being allowed to wear a spaghetti strainer as religious headgear at work or in a driver's license photo.

Many religious outfits or articles of clothing have a stated purpose or even a whole story behind them, so I was wondering if Pastafarians have any stories about holy strainers (or other articles of unconventional clothing).

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    This is the last experimental question I wanted to ask before we go public. Credit for the inspiration goes to Semaphore. I'm going to self-answer this one to prevent any (very understandable) assumptions that Pastafarian questions are inherently unanswerable. I'm hoping the votes on this can serve as a poll of whether or not Pastafarianism should be on-topic, assuming everyone tries as hard as I just did to make the question and answer decent.
    – Ixrec
    May 9, 2015 at 19:33
  • I think you mean religious sattire.
    – user93
    Jun 18, 2015 at 21:28

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Strangely, the Pastafarian mythos doesn't seem to support the notion of strainers as religious headgear. The most prominent mention is the colander in the flood myth:

He produced a great Colander of Goodness and He did collect water in an enormous pot, which He heated; and He did drop in a heaping portion of pasta and slowly simmer the sauce for so long that the original human weren't even around anymore when He was finally ready to eat. And He poured the spaghetti and water into the Colander of Goodness, careful to make sure that the water went down the drain of His sink. And as He was eating, He vacantly considered where the drain did empty, and the FSM said, "Uh oh."

Source: The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster - The Flood

And no part of this story implies that wearing the great colander would be a particularly good thing.

Even the Loose Canon has no more than a passing mention of someone wearing a "Holy Colander" and one Pastalm mentioning a strainer. So, it seems as though strainers are worn by Pastafarians solely because they're pasta-related and hemispherical.

However, there is a completely different kind of outfit that the mythos is extremely supportive of: Pirate regalia.

... it is disrespectful to teach our beliefs without wearing His chosen outfit, which, of course, is full Pirate regalia.

Source: The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster - Pamphlets

There is no single reason why pirate regalia has this status, but the Gospel has a lot to say about pirates in general. Here are a few memorable examples:

Pirates, as you know, are His Chosen People. Yet their numbers have been shrinking ever since the 1800s. Consequently, we find that global warming, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters are a direct result of the shrinking number of Pirates.

Source: The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster - The Spaghedeity

... we were created in His ideal image: that of the Pirate. Since then we've only come to resemble other people's gods. ... It is important that we return to the ways of the Pirate before it's too late.

Source: The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster - Unified Spaghetti Cheory

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