Austrian Niko Alm fought for three years before he was able to take his driver's license photo. Austrian authorities had issues with Alm's preferred headgear: a pasta strainer. But this week he finally was able to take the picture how he wanted, thanks to Austria's religious freedom laws. Alm is a self-described member of "the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster," which is spiking off the charts in Yahoo! Search. The satirical religion, also known as "pastafarianism," rejects creationism and says that an invisible flying spaghetti monster created the universe. The spaghetti church, which is headed by a "pastafarian primavera," was founded in 2005 when Kansas schools were under pressure to teach the theory of intelligent design rather than evolution. On his blog, Alm wrote, "Today I was able to get my new driving license, and in it you can clearly see that I'm wearing a colander on my head to demonstrate my allegiance to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster." It took three years for Alm to be able to take the photo, because he had to prove that he was psychologically fit to drive.
Lady Gaga's been dethroned as the queen of Facebook. Rihanna snatched her crown at around noon yesterday when she gained more Facebook fans than Gaga. Even though Rihanna now has 40,576,000 fans to Gaga's 40,551,000, she's still 3 million shy of Facebook's king: Eminem. Just FYI, 46,754,784 people live in Spain. Angry Gaga fans have taken to Twitter try to get people to "unlike" Rihanna. But it's not all that bad for Lady Gaga, who still rules Twitter, with 11.6 million followers. (Though Justin Bieber's hot on her trail with just over 11 million.)
Lastly, the months of anticipation for Harry Potter fans is finally over today with the release of "The Deathly Hallows -- Part 2." But the hype hasn't stopped on social media. Harry Potter Facebook updates and wall posts hit the social network at a rate of about one per second last night, as Potter fans flooded sold-out midnight showings of the film. Twitter's list of trending topics looks more like the credits that roll after Harry Potter movies. The trending list includes Neville Longbottom, Mrs. Weasley, and Alan Rickman. Some tweeters think Rickman, who played Severus Snape in the films, should win an Oscar. On FourSquare, Harry Potter fans got a special "badge" for attending the movie, which will get them a 25% discount on Harry Potter video games. Even though it's still opening day, the film's already brought in a reported $32 million in advance ticket sales.
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