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14 Things You Should Know About Pizza

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One of the most popular and recognizable foods in the world, pizza is both delicious and affordable. Traditionally, pizza pies were oven-baked, oval shaped and topped with just tomatoes and cheese, but modern variations use ingredients like egg, potatoes and coconut. No matter what pizza is your favorite, the following facts are sure to spike your interest in this classic cuisine.

  • The Guinness Book of World Records largest pizza was the size of an Olympic swimming pool. It measured 37.4 meters across, which is equal to 1099 sq meters. It was created at Norwood's Pick N' Pay Hypermarket in Johannesburg, South Africa on December 8, 1990. It was made with 500 kg of flour, 800 kg of cheese and 900 kg of tomato puree
  • The world's fastest pizza eater is Josh Anderson, who ate a 12 inch pizza in 1 minute and 45 seconds
  • The world's fastest pizza tosser is Dennis Tran, who tossed 3 large pizzas in 46.4 seconds
  • There are 69,000 pizzeria's in the US. Each year, they produce about 3 billion pizzas
  • The name "Pizza Hut" came from a sign limitation. The sign could only hold 9 letters, so the founders chose "Pizza Hut"
  • There are universal standard sizes for pizza's. A small is 10", which produces 6 slices. A medium is 12", which produces 8 slices and a large is 14" which produces 8 larger slices.
  • 94% of the US population eats pizza. Only 64% of Americans voted in the 2008 elections
  • In America, October is designated as National Pizza Month. It was first designated in 1987
  • Americans eat approximately 100 acres of pizza a day. They also eat an average of 23 pounds (46 slices) of pizza per year, compared to 16.9 pounds of fresh apples a year and 11.7 pounds of chocolate a year
  • Women are twice as likely as men to order vegetarian toppings on their pizza
  • At 36%, Pepperoni is America's favorite pizza topping. In Japan, Squid and Mayo Jaga (which is Mayonnaise , potato and bacon) is the most popular. India prefers pickled ginger, minced mutton and tofu. Costa Rica prefers coconut
  • The world's most expensive pizza went for $3700 on eBay. The ingredients included lobster marinated in cognac, caviar soaked in champagne, Scottish smoked salmon, venison medallions and prosciutto topped with 24 karat gold flakes.
  • A large pepperoni pizza has an average of 2400 calories. In comparison, 4 McDonalds Big Mac's have 2304, 3 KFC famous bowls have 2220 and 2 large McDonald's chocolate milk shakes have 2320.
  • Iowa has the most pizza stores per 10,000 residents. They average 4 stores per 10,000 residents. Mississippi has the least amount, with almost 2.5 stores per 10,000 residents

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