Bitcoiners everywhere are eating pizza today, and they’re not doing this because pizza is mouth-watering. They are doing it since it’s a custom that traces back to May 22, 2010.

Eleven years ago, a Floridian man named Laszlo Hanyecz settled that he needed a free lunch. He wrote on Bitcointalk (a Bitcoin-centered gathering):

I’ll pay 10,000 Bitcoins for a couple of pizzas.. like maybe two large ones, so I have some leftover for the next day. I like things like onions, peppers, sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes, pepperoni, etc.. just standard stuff, no weird fish topping or anything like that. If you’re interested, please let me know, and we can work out a deal.

His post caught the eye of another forum user who agreed to order two large supreme pizzas in return for 10,000 Bitcoin.

This is how one man impacted the world forever by making the first “real world” purchase with bitcoin.

Hanyecz was an early supporter of Bitcoin’s product when it was scarcely one year old. An energetic member of an even more niche center then, Hanyecz critically progressed Bitcoin mining. He coded a program that made it workable for excavators to mine Bitcoin utilizing their PC’s designs cards (GPUs), a more impressive technique than using a PC processor (CPU), the first method for mining Bitcoin.

Yet, the vast majority don’t recall Hanyecz for his involvement in Bitcoin mining. They remember him buying two Papa John’s pizzas with 10,000 bitcoin, which has a value of $352.4 million today.

Many people assume that “Could you envision being that man who purchased the pizza for 10,000 bitcoin? I bet he had sleepless nights.”

On the contrary, he’s doing just fine. In one interview, he said,

I have no regrets.

and Hanyecz further added that

I’d like to think that what I did helped. But I think if it weren’t me, somebody else would have come along. And maybe it wouldn’t have been pizza.

Since that first Bitcoin Pizza Day, his name has been recorded close by incredible figures like Satoshi Nakamoto, bitcoin’s pseudonymous maker.

To commend this noteworthy pizza transaction, Slice and Rare Pizzas will give out more than one bitcoin of pies made by local pizza joints across the U.S. to more than 2,500 fortunate pizza-lovers in the crypto community. Local area donations and sales will fund the pizzas through NFTs made by individuals from the Rare Pizzas aggregate.

The objective is to help local pizza joints that have been hit by the pandemic while connecting artists, developers, and pizza lovers who want to give back to independent pizzerias on Bitcoin Pizza Day.

On the other hand, Papa John’s is celebrating big for all pizza fans, thereby giving away 10,000 slices of pizza to the first 50 customers at their Jacksonville Papa John’s location.

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