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Massachusetts Pastafarian Wins Right to Wear a Colander in Driver's License Photo

The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center is pleased that the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is permitting a Pastafarian woman to wear a colander in her driver’s license photo, a development that occurred after the group's attorneys were enlisted to assist with the applicant's appeal.

Lindsay Miller identifies as a Pastafarian, also known as members of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a secular religion that views the existence of a Flying Spaghetti Monster to be just as probable as the existence of the Christian God. As a Pastafarian, Ms. Miller wished to wear a colander on her head in her driver’s license photo, as an expression of her Pastafarian identity. However, she was denied this request by the Massachusetts RMV.

Miller said, "As a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, I feel delighted that my Pastafarianism has been respected by the Massachusetts RMV. While I don't think the government can involve itself in matters of religion, I do hope this decision encourages my fellow Pastafarian Atheists to come out and express themselves as I have."



The Hidden Meaning of Some Words Based on Their Phonetic Definition

Victoria’s Secret Perfume Is Almost as Powerful as DEET

Researchers at New Mexico State University have published findings in the Journal of Insect Science indicating that Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Eau de Parfum is unexpectedly good at repelling mosquitos—almost as effective as commercial insect repellants containing the active ingredient DEET.

The paper wasn’t specifically about perfume and mosquitos. Rather, the focus was to test the relative effectiveness of alternative “natural” styles of insect repellent that do not contain DEET. From the paper: “fear of possible side effects of DEET and general chemophobia has resulted in the development of a multitude of “DEET-free” mosquito repellents with a variety of active ingredients.” The researchers also wanted to test claims that floral scents attract mosquitoes.

The researchers tested the effectiveness of 10 different substances across two species of mosquito. These substances ranged from commercial DEET-containing insect repellants, to “natural” DEET-free alternatives, to simple fragrances, as well as vitamin B1-containing patches purported to have insect-repelling properties.

To test the effectiveness of these substances, 20 mosquitos (raised on chicken blood and cat food, of all things) were introduced into the bottom end of a Y-shaped tube. This end also housed a computer fan to provide modest yet constant airflow away from the other two ends. At the other ends were the hands one of the co-authors selected “based on preliminary attraction studies that found her to be a superior attractant.” As someone who has anecdotally demonstrated superior attractiveness to mosquitoes, I can sympathize.



House Republican Hard-Liners Drafting 'Contract With America II'

Source: Bloomberg

U.S. House Republican hard-liners who helped force out former Speaker John Boehner are readying their next act: a multi-point manifesto demanding quick action on long-time conservative priorities.

Members of the House Freedom Caucus are preparing a "Contract With America II" that would call for House votes in the first 100 days of 2016 on replacing Obamacare, overhauling entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare, and repealing the estate tax.

An early draft of the plan obtained by Bloomberg News also calls for legislation to slash government regulations by 20 percent, cut corporate tax rates and expand offshore oil drilling. Efforts are still under way to finalize contents of the "contract," which lawmakers say they hope will become the basis of House Republicans’ 2016 agenda.

The plan is tentatively named after the "Contract With America" that Newt Gingrich and other Republicans used to describe their pledges in the 1994 elec­tion campaign that swept the party into the House majority.

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-11-13/house-republican-hard-liners-drafting-contract-with-america-ii-

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