Have you been craving a good ol' pizza pie lately? Then you'll want to read this before you place any orders! Because not everything is what it seems. And chances are, you may actually have been scammed – getting less pizza than you thought, depending on your orders.
One Twitter account recently dropped some serious knowledge relating to the sizes of pizza. As it turns out, the big pizza companies may have been keeping a few things from us! So what's the truth, and how do we get the most for our money? Now, we've got the answer! Check out this crazy math that will change everything you thought you knew about the size of your pizza.
We all order pizza from time to time, right?Or, if we're being totally honest, maybe a little more often than just "from time to time."
You've probably thrown parties that served pizza, too!It's a pretty common party pleaser. Who doesn't like pizza?
And when you're ordering for a group, there are some decisions to make.Like what size pizzas you're getting, and how many of them you'll need to feed the guests.
Many would argue that a 12-inch pizza is typically the standard.We've all been there before. We're super hungry, and craving pizza, so we order two of those 12-inch pies because you want this pizza supply to last.
But are you actually getting more?One Twitter user did some math that puts our pizza orders into perspective.
Here's the mathematical findings:
Here's a useful counterintuitive fact: one 18 inch pizza has more 'pizza' than two 12 inch pizzas https://t.co/hePSpG0pJs— Fermat's Library (@Fermat's Library)1546869006.0
That's right, an 18-inch pizza has more pizza in it than two 12-inches.Basically, you're better off ordering a bigger single pizza than having two personal-size pizzas.
Take a look at the details of the equation.That's a whole 28 square inches more pizza that you'd get on an 18-inch!
Needless to say, people were a little flabbergasted.
@fermatslibrary https://t.co/ElE2yc1Fsy— Mark Sykes (@Mark Sykes)1546869316.0
That didn't stop the confusion, though.Other people had more coherent reactions to this strange news, however.
This is why you stay in school, kids!
@fermatslibrary Finally! I can now coherently explain to my 10 year-old why math is important in life: without mat… https://t.co/6wkGj8fQjF— South Jersey Techy (@South Jersey Techy)1546870698.0
People were glad to finally have the truth.
@fermatslibrary @AndrewBellBNN The pizza industry has known this for years but kept their studies hidden. Thanks fo… https://t.co/4y8M5IxGp2— Dale Jackson (@Dale Jackson)1546876837.0
All of this is a matter of perspective, though.
@fermatslibrary Yeah, but the crust is arguably the best part and two 12 inch pizzas have 33.3% more crust than a 1… https://t.co/aR3WsHhtk2— Tamás Görbe (@Tamás Görbe)1546887292.0
Other people would rather have the actual pizza part.
@fermatslibrary Also, the two 12" pizzas together have 33% more crust, which everyone knows is just a tragic waste of bread.— Jake VanderPlas (@Jake VanderPlas)1546879441.0
A graduate of mathematics kindly drew a diagram.
@fermatslibrary @EduSum @aliceinframes I got a degree in mathematics just so I could draw this for you 🍕🤪👍 https://t.co/f1qCfKDzoK— Eddie Woo (@Eddie Woo)1546917807.0
Some found fault with the math.
@fermatslibrary I see your problem; you’re using pi r squared, when the picture clearly shows that pie are round.… https://t.co/r184WoEL9S— Digital Cuttlefish (@Digital Cuttlefish)1546875343.0
Here's an alternate formula:Who knew there was a whole niche for mathematical pizza jokes?
And you haven't even seen all of them yet:
@fermatslibrary I always knew pies were irrational— Brian McGee (@Brian McGee)1546913556.0
How helpful is this news, exactly?
@fermatslibrary You're not encouraging me to eat smaller pizzas, here... https://t.co/HEBoEqxdVm— Chris Constantine-Armstrong (@Chris Constantine-Armstrong)1546869136.0
Not everyone handled the news gracefully.
@fermatslibrary I just inflicted this on my friend. She didn't believe me, she did the math, then she let out the m… https://t.co/cXAFwewEi4— Sam Block, swarthy mystic fruit 𐠎 (@Sam Block, swarthy mystic fruit 𐠎)1546876662.0
Another Twitter user offered up this follow-up statistic:
@fermatslibrary Second fact; any R diameter pineapple pizza has NO pizza in that pineapple pizza. (0 < R < ∞)— Batın (@Batın)1546878343.0
So if this is a pie chart...
@TravisLuscombe @fermatslibrary @DunKology Someone needs to introduce you to the bar graph.— Geoph Dixon (@Geoph Dixon)1546890975.0
Some people put a LOT of thought into this.It is important to account for all potential factors and variants when you're calculating a thing like this!
Other people, not so much.
@fermatslibrary https://t.co/lJXYZKEluX— F O R D 😈💯 (@F O R D 😈💯)1546904454.0
Some were thinking more in terms of party-people, and less of just themselves.And yeah, party guests probably would tend to go for more slices of pizza, rather than a couple that technically have more pizza in them.
And still others were very straightforward about the whole thing.
@RickestOf_Ricks @fermatslibrary @rac2750 A ‘slice of pizza’ is not a reliable unit of taste, volume, or value.— Josh (@Josh)1546873772.0
Many took it as a queue to eat more pizza.
@fermatslibrary 3 x 12 inch pizzas means triple the choice in topics & more pizza than 1 x 18 inch pizza. Gotcha! 👍🏽 https://t.co/l360Q9zs9t— #NHFTHR 👇🏽 (@#NHFTHR 👇🏽)1546875578.0
Or, alternatively, there's this quick math:
@fermatslibrary And two 18 inch pizzas have more pizza than either of those options #facts— LIL’HOT (@LIL’HOT)1546914990.0
So next time, get your measuring tape ready.
Real talk, I always calculate the area of pizzas on the menu, then calculate which is cheaper per square inch prior… https://t.co/gfYXTx8fO4— KJ Ren (@KJ Ren)1546881522.0