997AD: The year the word pizza first appeared in a Latin text from the southern Italian town of Gaeta. The text stated that a tenant of a certain property was supposed to give the bishop of Gaeta “duodecim pizze,” or twelve pizzas, every Christmas day, and another twelve on Easter Sunday. It was not, of course the pizza we know of today. Tomatoes had not yet arrived in Italy, but leavening had been discovered at 1500 AD. So pizza of 500 years ago is thought to have been more like a focaccia – a leavened round curst of thin, savory, crispy cooked dough, sometimes even laden with raisins and honey.
30 minutes or less: Domino’s scheme that was stated in 1973. The 30 minutes or less scheme meant that if a delivery failed to reach the customers within 30 minutes, they would then receive it for free. However, in 1973, Domino’s faced a nasty lawsuit by the family of a woman in Indiana who was hurt by a speeding Domino’s Pizza delivery motorist, who claimed innocence as he was just trying to do his job within 30 minutes. After seven different lawsuits, one of which cost a staggering $15 Million, the company decided to drop the scheme. However, it still does prevail in some franchises outside of the USA.
Pizza Hut: The pizza chain restaurant that offers a proposal package to help customers pop the question. The package – which costs $10,010 – includes a limousine, a ruby engagement ring, flowers, fireworks, a professional photographer, a $10 pizza, five breadsticks, and ten cinnamon sticks.
41.31: The number of seconds it took for Peter Czerwinski to eat a 12” pizza. He achieved it on the set of “On the Road” for the Guinness World Records, and only used a knife and fork for the attempt. He never touched the pizza with his hands during the whole process.
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