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Yummm, Pizza!

October 6, 2015
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

October is Pizza Month. while thinking about lunch, (great lead in, eh?) I found 20 unknown facts about pizza, and how appropriate is this for Pizza Month?

This list is about more than just the food, it is about the companies behind the food and the things they do to make pizza world famous. So, whether you are an Italian culture fanatic or just a plain old foodie, get your tastebuds ready because these are 20 mouth watering facts about pizza!

20 - Since 1987, October has been officially designated National Pizza Month in the United States

19 - Known as the Pizza Principle, economists have noticed that for the last 50 years the price of a pizza has almost perfectly matched the cost of a New York City subway ride

18 - In Alaska, there is a pizza delivery service that delivers by airplane

17 - At one point, Pizza Hut had planned to engrave their logo on the moon with lasers. Apparently the plans were scratched because the logo would have had to be roughly the size of Texas.

16 - Hawaiian pizza is actually from Canada

15 - Pizza shops in Cambodia often have "happy pizza" on the menu, which is basically a regular pizza laced with marajuana

14 - A medium pizza in the US is about 12 inches. That is bigger than a large pizza in Australia, which is only 11 inches.

13 - In 2012, UGNazi, a hacker group, took the Papa John's website offline for delivering a pizza 2 hours late

12 - Some DVDs are designed to look and smell like pizza while they are playing (due to the heat)

11 - While investigating an insane asylum in San Diego, a pizza parlor hung up on the FBI

10 - Pizzas are deep fried in Scotland

9 - One of the first ever documented online purchases was a pepperoni pizza from Pizza Hut

8 - Domino's Pizza and Little Caesars Pizza were founded only 18 miles apart from each other in Michigan

7 - Domino's canceled their 30 minutes or less delivery policy because their drivers were causing too many accidents

6 - Philip Workman, on death row for killing a police officer, rejected his last meal and instead asked for a vegetarian pizza to be given to a homeless person. The court rejected his request but numerous people then donated pizzas around Nashville.

5- Because Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi insulted Finnish food in 2005, three years later when Finland beat Italy in an international pizza contest, they named their winning slice the "Pizza Berlusconi"

4 - Saturdays are the most popular days to eat pizza

3 - In the United States, pizza makes up for about 10% of all food service sales

2 - The term pizza first appeared in a Latin text from the southern Italian town of Gaeta in 997 AD. It stated that a certain person owed the bishop "duodecim pizze", or twelve pizzas

1 - Since tomatoes hadn't arrived in Italy yet, pizzas back then were a lot different. They were probably more like the focaccia of today.

There you have it - 20 more reasons why pizza is worth the wait - Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to select a pizza place from my phone contact list.....



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