Boing Boing's $250,000 Intelligent Design challenge (UPDATED: $1 million)

Yesterday, I posted an item to Boing Boing about the growing popularity of Pastafarianism, a new religion that worships Flying Spaghetti Monster, initially created to protest the Kansas State School Board's decision to teach "Intelligent Design" in schools. A suprising number of I.D. supporters wrote in with comments like this from reader Anne Kenny:
Okay Xeni

I read your Blog about Intellegent Design and the spaghetti monster. Ridiculous. I'd like to know what you think should be taught in the schools.

Certainally not evolution considering there is not one single fact that proves it. No missing links, not even common sense. Lies are still being printed that were proven wrong in the late 1800's but they're still taught as fact.

If you're so positive that you came from a monkey or a rock or whatever you think it is I suggest you debate Dr. Kent Hovind.

Dr. Hovind is willing to pay any individual a quarter of a million dollars to anyone who can give any empirical evidence for evolution. He has had this offer up for a long time but even this country's top scientists have gone up against him and lost the debates.

I suggest you offer this to your avid readers... I'm sure one of them would like some extra cash. You can call 850-479-3466 (8-5 Mon-Fri CST) for more info about the $250,000. Please blog this I'm interested in what you think about evolution and all of its lies.

I've discussed the matter with my blog colleagues, and we would like to hereby issue a challenge to Kent Hovind and his supporters.

We are willing to pay any individual *$250,000 if they can produce empirical evidence which proves that Jesus is not the son of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

You may submit entries here.

Suggested reading in Scientific American, "15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense: Opponents of evolution want to make a place for creationism by tearing down real science, but their arguments don't hold up." Link to SciAm article (paid sub required); Link to a subscription-free PDF copy. (Thanks, Dan Strunk). See also this website with criticism of Dr. Hovind's challenge: Link

Previously on Boing Boing:

Pastafarianism: Flying Spaghetti Monster cult grows

Dear Kansas: Why stop at "Intelligent Design?" What about Spaghetti Monsters?

* Prize to be awarded with Intelligently Designed currency; void where prohibited by logic.

Challenge Grant Update: Recently converted Pastafarians are adding matching reward funds to the Boing Boing Intelligent Design Challenge. Jason Kottke of (Link) and Sean Bonner of metblogs (Link) have each offered an additional $250,000. We've been flooded with still more donations, and have decided to cap the purse at $1 million -- in part because the number contains a lot of pretty, round zeroes that resemble holy meatballs. But also because many of you offered sums payable in "whisky and wenches," or "ho's 'n' blow," neither of which really count. Thanks all the same.


  1. I didnt even needed to be teached the religion, i was converted by founding it and now i am totally convinced jesus is the FSM’s son.

  2. I am not a follower or active believer in devine design or intellegent design. I am very interested in the mechanics of the solar ysttem. In the course of 30 years hobby working the numbers of the system I have come to believe that there is some kind of intellegent design in the mathematical design of the numbers of the solar system. I found many examples and have even more to write about. Using miles as the measure the whole system kind of comes apart. A little bit of an example: The Sun’s circumference divided by the Earth’s diameter equals 342.43. The square root of 342.43 is 18.5 and the happens to be the orbital velocity of the Earth as it travels its orbit around the Sun. 18.5 milss per dsecond.
    Book, Surfing The Solar System

  3. First, let me just say that the only reason the Hovind people would even TRY to win the $1,000,000 dollars would be to find him a good attourney to shorten his stay in the pen… good luck teaching Christian Creationism to Bubba, your 300 pound roommate, Ken…

    Jesus is NOT the son of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, because Jesus is nothing more than an astrological sovereign, a personication of the sun, Copied from the ancient texts of Horus, Mishra, Sargon, and even Krishna… If there WAS a mention of Jesus in those times, the swiftest messengers of the Roman Empire would have sent it speedily throughout the Empire… there was not, nor did they get the Phoenecian Fax of the Flying Spaghetti Monster either…

    The similarities between Jesus and Horus can NOT be disputed. There is great cause for intellegent design, and this intellegent design comes not from a paranormal deity, but from the simple colonization and genetic manipulation of the early hominids, who were quite cleanly killed off dramatically, leaving Homo Sapiens as the only dominant hominid on the planet. Further Imperical evidence against the idea of live having the ability to evolve over millions of years can be furnished if necessary, including the ultimate increase in radioactive Polonium, the reverse time-decay of electromagnetic energies, as well as simple and un-questioned facts of archaelogy ignored by the scientific community.

    If I have been considered for claim, and merit further review, I would ask for further evidence that the $1 million dollar purse is still reliable…

  4. I can prove that Jesus was not the son of a flying spaghetti monster rather easily.

    First it is scientific proven that the human species can only reproduce with another human. That a human absolutely cannot reproduce with any other species than human…That is a scientific fact.

    Humans have a certain physiology that can be observed . Like 2 eyes , A head , two legs , a skin around us. etc.

    A flying spaghetti monster according cannot be of the human species because it DOES NOT have the traits and characterstics that the human species does.

    So therefore it would be impossible and must be ruled out through scientific method that a Jesus (a human) was the son (off spring) of a flying spaghetti monster (non-human) …

    Now wheres my 250,000 bucks?

    email me at when you get ready to pay up.

  5. I’m a staunch supporter of the Unintelligent Design movement. It just makes no sense a’tall, which makes megatons of sense to me.

    Not even “Evolution” (with its kabillions of pieces of empirical evidence of changes due to environmental pressures and/or random gene mutations) could have produced such a dim-bulb of a species as the currently reigning hominid.

    Homo Sapiens are clearly the product of a long search for imperfection by a less than stellar mind. It most definitely takes a slovenly design process to get what WE got!


  6. To prove if Jesus was or was not the son of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, you’d first have to prove his noodlyness does not exist. All things that are in existence were created by The Flying Spaghetti Monster including the theory of other deities such as God as well as other Religions to hide himself from humanity. How can some of you say that Jesus is not the son of the FSM if we are to believe that God who is not a human created us as his Children. If another deity who is not human can create the human form why cant the FSM?

    How is the FSM hard to believe when people will happily believe the concept of something just as daft creating humanity. Have you ever seen God, how do you know what he / she / spaghetti+meatballs looks like?

    There are so many fundamental flaws in this world’s belief systems and it’s pathetic that countries will go to way in the name of their deity.

    So it would be impossible to prove if Jesus was or was not the son of the FSM. The fact that the FSM created everything, including the concept of other deity’s means you’d be proving your own God to not exist if you proved Jesus was not the son of FSM.

  7. Just wondering where this stands… I read about it and had to give my two cents, though years late. Saying Jesus was the son of a pasta monster can’t be right if you go by recorded documentation by people that knew him. The primary argument for the creation side is that man was created in the likeness of God. Basic principals state that in reproduction you will produce offspring that resembles the parents. Unless it can be proven that there is a creature that has such recessive genetic coding that it can not reproduce it’s own likeness it would be logical to say that God must look like man. The oldest depictions of man have the same likeness as we do today, so saying that Jesus is the product of Mary and a pasta being is impossible from everything that science has taught us. To question the parentage of Jesus you have to go to the source of His stories which is the bible. In the bible Jesus is the son of a God that created us in His image, therefore he resembles His Father who could not possibly look like a pasta being since nothing on the planet ever has, or will look like a pasta being. If you want to discount the bible and say it is wrong then you have to throw this question out all together because you basically state that Jesus never existed. For Jesus to exist on the facts provided about him, you must adhere to what the bible states, and no where in it or any documentation has anything been said besides the fact that man was created in the image of God. My two cents.

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