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Austrian Wins Right To Wear Pasta Strainer On Driving Licence

13/07/2011 16:11 BST | Updated 10/09/2012 16:07 BST

A man in Austria has won the right to wear a pasta strainer on his head in his driving licence picture.

Niko Alm, who is an atheist, started his campaign three years ago after learning that headgear was only allowed to be worn in official photographs for religious reasons.

As a member of the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which campaigns against the teaching of intelligent design alongside science by promoting an alternative theory of creation based on 'pastafarian' teachings, Alm intended to make a serious point about the place of religion in government.

His plan backfired slightly, however, when the Austrian authorities made him take a psychological test to prove that he was fit to drive.

Alm succeeded, and was issued his licence.

Following his victory Alm told the Austrian news agency APA that he will apply to the Austrian authorities for pastafarianism to become an official religion.