Colander song

From Frank McQuarry on Facebook this morning:

“I love, I love, I love my little colander tool….”

An allusion to the song “Calendar Girl” — and a lead-in to Pastafarianism and recent politics in Russia.

The song:

“Calendar Girl” is a song written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield. It was a hit single for Sedaka in 1961. (Wikipedia link)

Performed here:


“I love, I love, I love my little calendar girl”

Now on the colander:

A colander is a bowl-shaped kitchen utensil with holes in it used for draining food such as pasta or rice.

The perforated nature of the colander allows liquid to drain through while retaining the solids inside. It is sometimes also called a pasta strainer or kitchen sieve.

Conventionally, colanders are made of a light metal, such as aluminium or thinly rolled stainless steel. Colanders are also made of plastic, silicone, ceramic, and enamelware.

Colanders are also the religious headwear of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

The word colander comes from the Latin colum meaning sieve. (Wikipedia link)

On the FSM (with illustrations), see “Critical thinking” on this blog.

And that brings us to religious nastiness in Russia, reported on many sites. Here’s HuffPo on the 26th:

Russia Pastafarian Rally Of Church Of The Flying Spaghetti Monster Attacked By Police

The Pastafarian rally in Russia on August 17th began in a light-hearted manner, as members of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster took to the streets of Moscow wearing strainers on their heads and carrying various types of pasta to celebrate the tenets of their faith.

However, the day quickly took a dark turn, as members of a Russian Orthodox group as well as the police physically attacked the group, knocking some to the ground and verbally harassing them. Eight Pastafarians were detained and charged with organizing an unsanctioned rally.

Russia’s recent anti-gay laws have criminalized behavior that “disrespects religion,” penalizing violators with prison sentences of up to three years. These laws don’t just affect the gay community, but pave the way for police harassment of many other groups that may fall foul of the vague language of the law.

From the rally, before the objectors descended on the colandric marchers:


First the rainbow flags, then the colanders. Unfortunately, none of it is a joke.

A classic colander, much like the one in my kitchen:


I love, I love, I love my little colander tool. I think I’ll gay-marry it.

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