Started out as a rebuttal against the teaching of creationism and intelligent design in the Kansas school system about 15 years ago. Basically a modern spoof on religion, and the inability of anyone to prove it wrong, aka "Russell's Teapot". The flying spaghetti monster and the Invisible pink unicorn are both modern forms of the teapot, and are used to ridicule the existence of God and the teaching of religion in public schools. The proof of global warming due to lack of pirates is alarming however. Coincidence? I think not.