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Papa John's Is Now Papaless

Founder John Schnatter resigns as chairman

(Newser) - Papa John's says founder John Schnatter has resigned as chairman of the board. The company made the announcement late Wednesday, hours after Schnatter apologized for using a racial slur during a conference call in May, the AP reports. The apology came after Forbes cited an anonymous source saying the... More »

Can't Stop Eating Snack Food? Here's Why

Yale researchers have found that the fat-carbo combo creates a powerful chemical reward

(Newser) - Yes, that donut is delicious–practically irresistible. And here’s why. Yale researchers have found that foods that combine fat and carbohydrates create a powerful reward in the brain, reports USA Today . The investigators recruited 206 volunteers and gave them a small amount of money to bid on various foods... More »

Cops: Pizza Worker Tampered With Shredded Cheese

NC manager discovered what cops suspect was rat poison before any customers were affected

(Newser) - Customers at a North Carolina pizzeria may have dodged a close one last week. The News & Observer reports an employee at Fayetteville's Primo Pizza was arrested Wednesday and accused of mixing what cops believe was rat poison in with the shredded cheese. Per a Fayetteville Police release , a... More »

ICE Detains Pizza Guy at NYC Army Base

Pablo Villavicencio, who's married to a US citizen and has no criminal record, is set to be deported

(Newser) - Pizza deliveryman Pablo Villavicencio says he'd delivered food to Brooklyn's Fort Hamilton many times before. But last week, the 35-year-old undocumented Ecuadorean immigrant found himself detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the US Army base. Now he faces deportation, the New York Times reports. CBS News and... More »

Bitcoin Used in 2010 to Buy 2 Pizzas Now Worth $82M

The cryptocurrency has gone up in price just a bit since then

(Newser) - Hallmark may need to update its official list of holidays . Tuesday was Bitcoin Pizza Day, or what Business Insider calls "the most celebrated day in crypto," marking the eighth anniversary of when programmer Laszlo Hanyecz made what's thought to be the very first purchase with bitcoin. That... More »

Missing Phone That Prompted Brawl Found Soon After

In the meantime, 20 people went at it in a pizza restaurant

(Newser) - Before instigating a brawl over a missing cell phone at a pizza restaurant it's probably best to see if it's waiting for you in the lost and found. Someone likely learned that lesson this weekend in the Bay Area city of Newark, Calif., where at least 20 people... More »

Pope Turns 81, Gets a Kid's Dream Meal

Pope Francis was treated to a 13-foot pizza for his birthday Sunday

(Newser) - Pope Francis has blown out his birthday candle on an extra-long pizza at the Vatican to the delight of children, reports the AP . Francis, who turned 81 on Sunday, then told the children, who use a Vatican health service, to "eat all four meters (13 feet)" saying it will... More »

Finally, Pizza Officially Recognized as Art Form

It's part of the 'intangible cultural heritage of humanity'

(Newser) - The city of Naples, often in headlines because of its garbage woes and mafia violence, is celebrating international recognition of its tastier side, the AP reports. UNESCO on Thursday added the art of the Neapolitan pizza maker, or "pizzaiuolo," to its list of "intangible cultural heritage of... More »

Papa John's Apologizes for Founder's NFL Remarks

Company slams neo-Nazis, says it believes in the right to protest

(Newser) - Papa John's Pizza has walked back founder and CEO John Schnatter's claim that NFL player protests are behind falling pizza sales . In a series of tweets Tuesday, the chain apologized to anyone who found the remarks "divisive," and said it was open to ideas from all,... More »

Pizza Delivery Arrives at Space Station

Astronauts' diet gets a little upgrade

(Newser) - Astronauts got a mouthwatering haul with Tuesday's Earth-to-space delivery—pizza and ice cream —when a commercial supply ship arrived at the International Space Station two days after launching from Virginia. Besides NASA equipment and experiments, the Orbital ATK capsule holds chocolate and vanilla ice cream for the six... More »

'Rotten Scam': NYC Food Fest Flops

State probe launched into the 'Fyre Festival' of pizza

(Newser) - Pizza lovers are blasting a Brooklyn food festival that apparently wasn't what it was sliced up to be. Fans who trekked to a "shady parking lot" for the New York City Pizza Festival on Saturday say they paid up to $75 for tickets, only to receive slices that... More »

Domino's Delivering Pizzas, Ditching Actual Delivery Guy

Chain begins test with driverless cars

(Newser) - No ring of the doorbell, just a text. No tip for the driver? No problem in this test, where Domino's and Ford are teaming up to see if customers will warm to the idea of pizza delivered by driverless cars. Starting Wednesday, some pizzas in Domino's hometown of... More »

'When the Robot Served Us Pizza We Felt Very Happy'

Robot waitress draws diners to Pakistani pizza joint

(Newser) - The owners of a pizza shop in Pakistan say business is booming now that they've introduced a robot waitress. Osama Jafri, the engineer who designed the 55-pound robot, says it can greet customers and carry pizzas to their tables. The AP reports the robot resembles a short, slender woman... More »

Inventor of World's Most Controversial Pizza Dies at 83

Sam Panopoulos invented the Hawaiian pizza in 1962

(Newser) - The inventor of one of the more controversial dishes in the world died Thursday in Canada at the age of 83: Sam Panopoulos, the man who put pineapple on pizza. The BBC reports Panopoulos moved to Canada from Greece in 1954 at the age of 20 and opened a series... More »

Pot Company Gives New Meaning to Take-and-Bake Pizza

Massachusetts dispensary sells personal pizzas infused with THC

(Newser) - A Massachusetts medical marijuana dispensary has created a culinary delight for patients who don't want to smoke their pot or eat it in the form of sweets, the AP reports. Quincy-based Ermont Inc. has been selling cannabis-infused pizza for about three weeks to rave reviews. The 6-inch cheese pizzas... More »

Teen Gets Into Yale With Essay on ... Papa John's

Carolina Williams described her delight upon receiving a pizza from the chain

(Newser) - "When the delivery person rings my doorbell, I instantly morph into one of Pavlov's dogs, salivating to the sound that signals the arrival of the cheesy, circular glory." That's how Tennessee's Carolina Williams describes her delight upon receiving a pizza from Papa John's, which... More »

Little-Known Billionaire's Job: Making Cheese for Our Pizza

You've probably never heard of James Leprino, the 'Willy Wonka of cheese'

(Newser) - You've likely never seen a photo of James Leprino, a 79-year-old reclusive billionaire in Colorado who runs Leprino Foods, a cheese and dairy manufacturing company. But that business is actually an empire—its website says it's the "world's largest producer of mozzarella"—and though Leprino... More »

Apple Reinvents the Pizza Box, and It's a Wheel

But you're probably out of luck if you don't frequent the Apple cafeteria

(Newser) - Remember that time when Apple tried to patent a paper bag ? Well, it's also tackled the humble pizza box. As Quartz puts it, "Like all things Apple, there are no sharp corners on this box," meaning the box is no square. The other main innovation in... More »

Passengers on Stalled Train Manage to Get Pizzas Delivered

Delivery man says this was one of his strangest calls in 17 years

(Newser) - A pizza delivery man in Delaware got an order from an unusual address: a stalled Amtrak train from New York on its way to Washington. Passenger Mitchell Katz posted a video of delivery man Jim Leary walking up to the train Sunday evening as it sat on the tracks. People... More »

He Wanted Free Pizza. Instead He Got Hypothermia

Tip: Don't wear shorts while hiking in a snowstorm

(Newser) - There are people who love pizza, and then there are those who'd climb a mountain in a snowstorm just to get their hands on a cheesy slice. A hiker from Flagstaff, Ariz., is apparently among the latter group. The Coconino County Sheriff's Office says a search-and-rescue team had... More »

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