34 Interesting Facts about Pizza

1Hawaiian Pizza

The Hawaiian Pizza was invented in Canada and is the most popular pizza in Australia, accounting for 15% of pizza sales.

2. A convicted murderer named Philip Workman declined a last meal, instead requesting a large vegetarian pizza given to a homeless person in Nashville. His request was refused, but in response, people all over the state donated pizzas to homeless shelters.

3. Domino's sold as many pizzas during OJ Simpson's car chase as it did on Superbowl Sunday.

4. In the first "real-world transaction with Bitcoin," a programmer paid 10,000 bitcoins for 2 large Papa John's pizzas. 4 years later, those bitcoins were worth 5.12 million dollars.

5. Frozen pizza is so popular in Norway that when a popular brand released a new jingle, it reached #1 on the Norwegian charts.

6Detroit-style pizza

Detroit-style pizza is a style of chewy pizza that is baked in a square pan, which is often not a pizza pan but instead a tray that was originally made to hold small industrial parts in factories.

7. The pizza wasn't popular in the U.S. until after World War 2, when U.S. troops including Dwight Eisenhower returned home from occupied Italy with an appreciation for Italian pizza.

8. An airline pilot ordered 30 pizzas for his passengers, after finding out they would be delayed 2 hours for weather. The pizzas were delivered within 30 minutes by Domino’s and were cleared by security and sent directly to the plane in an official airport vehicle.

9. Little Caesar's makes only a 0.90 cents profit on a $5 hot and ready pizza. $3.50 goes to the ingredients and 60 cents for overhead.

10. In 1995, Boris Yeltsin, the then President of Russia, when visiting Washington DC was found drunk in his underwear trying to hail a cab to find pizza.

11Marshall Ledbetter

In 1991, Marshall Ledbetter (American photographer) blockaded himself in the Florida State Capitol building and demanded, among other things, a large Gumby's pizza, weed, 666 donuts, $100 worth of Chinese food, and a phone call with Ice Cube.

12. In the late 80's and early 90's McDonalds brought in the McPizza as part of their dinner menu. Customers who were used to fast service were irritated by the long wait times for made-to-order pizza and it was discontinued. Some franchises were left with pizza ovens they paid fifty grand for.

13. There is a pizza place in Alaska that delivers pizzas to remote areas by plane, with no charge for delivery.

14. A popular dish in Scotland is a frozen pizza folded in half, dipped in batter and deep fried. It is usually served with salt and vinegar.

15. The pizza Margherita owes its name to Italy's Queen Margherita who in 1889 visited the Pizzeria Brandi in Naples. The Pizzaiolo (pizza maker) on duty that day, Raffaele Esposito created a pizza for the Queen that contained the three colors of the new Italian flag.

16Breaking Bad

The fans of "Breaking Bad" have been attempting to re-enact a scene where Walter White flings a pizza onto the roof of his house. The real-life owner of the house does not appreciate their efforts.

17. A woman who ordered pizza every day for 3 years straight was saved by a delivery woman (Susan Guy) when she failed to place an order for 3 days.

18. There are pizza farms where all the ingredients to make the pizza they sell is grown on the farm.

19. A pizza with bacon and egg on it is a common offering at Australian pizza places.

20. Pizza Hut began offering online pizza ordering in 1994.

21Lombardi's pizza

The first pizzeria named Lombardi's pizza in the US opened in 1905 and still runs until this day, it even offered $0.05 Pizza's for its 100th Birthday.

22. A pizzeria in Dubai has just launched the pizza magnet where a customer has to do is push a button, and a pizza is on the way.

23. The 99 cheese pizza from TMNT is real.

24. The price of pizza has matched, with uncanny precision, the cost of an NYC subway ride for 50 years. Economists have named it "The Pizza Principle."

25. The hacker group, UGNazi, took down the Papa Johns website because their pizza was 2 hours late.

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