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Christopher Schaeffer likely became the first public officeholder in the U.S. sworn in as an openly declared "Pastafarian" — an adherent of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster — when he took his seat on the Town Council of Pomfret, N.Y., in January. Schaeffer was wearing the traditional Pastafarian religious head covering (a colander).

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