American funnyman Tim Allen found the ceremonies and rituals surrounding late POPE JOHN PAUL II's death so spooky, he felt like he was watching events beaming in from a parallel universe.

The HOME IMPROVEMENT star, who served a jail term for possessing cocaine in the late 1970s, felt the Vatican officials' costumes and accessories drew comparison to ancient empires governed by dictatorial leaders - something which baffled Allen.

He writes on his website, "I kept wondering as I watched the Pope's transition: 'What's with the hats?' It's like the Roman Empire merged with the church somewhere. It resembles a kingdom.

"Palaces, crowns, rings, capes and staffs. All that stuff. I don't know how I feel about all of it."

06/05/2005 09:11