What's Up in Pizza: Man Survives 25 Years on Pizza, De Blasio's $2.5K Pizza Fork, and More!
Dan Jenssen [Photograph: Justin Levy/Vice]
- Dan Jenssen, a 38-year-old woodworker based in Maryland, loves pizza—in fact, it's all he's eaten for the past 25 years. I don't mean this in a hyperbolic, amusingly exaggerative way: it is literally all he eats. This would conceivably be problematic for even the healthiest among us, but Dan also has diabetes. Nevertheless, this is Dan's diet, and he consumes one 14" cheese pizza day after day. Vice writer (and Dan's friend) Justin Levy decided to talk with him about it. Apparently, Dan became a vegetarian as a teenager...but hated (and still hates) vegetables. Solution? Pizza. Nutritionists and doctors alike have tried to no avail to change his diet, but Dan is nothing if stubborn; and, contrary to what one might believe, he seems to be theoretically healthy. Read the full interview for more on Dan's pizza obsession.
- Now, you may remember that there was a bit of a hullabaloo when NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio used a fork to eat his pizza at Goodfella's Pizzeria in Staten Island. Well, the somewhat comically intense coverage of the event has finally been turned to good use—according to UPI, Goodfella's co-owner Marc Cosentino auctioned off said fork (which the former NYPD sergeant had saved in an evidence bag) for $2,500. The money is being donated to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, and will be used to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy and wounded soldiers (the winning bidder also donated the fork to the Foundation).
- Looks like Pizza Hut is jumping on Domino's anime bandwagon with their latest venture. Beginning today, a branch in Tokyo's Kanda neighborhood (which serves Akihabara, the city's geekery district) is remodeling itself as the "Otonokizaka Branch," in honor of the popular anime and manga series, Love Live! (Otonozika is the school featured in the series). From storefront to delivery motorcycles to limited-edition pizza boxes, the schoolgirls-turned-pop-idols are featured everywhere. For any Tokyo-dwellers interested in checking it out, you have until March 30th, when the campaign will end and the branch will revert to it's ordinary old self.
- Lastly, Eater shares a video tour of some of the city's greatest pizzerias: Patsy's, Louie & Ernie's, New Park Pizza, Totonno's, and Di Fara. By who, you ask? The rock band SKATERS, which is apparently composed of four guys who are very into pizza. Each place gets its own rating—watch the video to find out which comes out on top (and let us know what you think in the comments!
Watch The SKATERS Pizza Crawl
About the author: Kate Andersen is a Contributing Editor for Slice.