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July 18, 1980
|Alma mater||Oregon State University|
|Known for||Founder of Pastafarianism|
In 2005, Henderson founded the religion of Pastafarianism in response to the Kansas State Board of Education's decision to spend as much time teaching intelligent design as they did the theory of evolution.
Henderson claims that the Pastafarian theory of the origin of the world should be taught in the same way as intelligent design and the theory of evolution.
Pastafarianism asserts that the world was created in one day by the Flying Spaghetti Monster, who created a mountain, then a tree, and finally a midget. The dogmas of Pastafarianism are centered on references to noodles and pirates, and on parodies of creationist theories. Among other things, it is claimed that global warming is the result of the decline of the pirate population.