Alex Moore at Death and Taxes writes: the small town of Pomfret, CT, Christopher Schaeffer—newly elected Town Council Member and Pastafarian minister...[took] the oath office whilst wearing the traditional pasta strainer on his head.

Pastafarians, of course, are people who worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Greg Fox, a reporter for the Dunkirk, New York Observer explains:

When the OBSERVER asked afterward why he wore a colander on his head, Schaeffer said he was a minister with an even more unique organization - the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

"It's just a statement about religious freedom," he said. "It's a religion without any dogma."

A dogma is a set of principles laid down by an authority as truth, such as the doctrine of an organized religion.

Between this and the Oklahoma Satanist Statue, 2014 is shaping up to be a banner year for weird religions.