NPR Is Very Concerned That We Know How Much Pizza Is the Right Amount of Pizza

More like National PIZZA Radio, amirite?

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Quoctrung Bui of NPR is deeply concerned that the citizens of America aren’t making informed decisions about their size of pizza pie. Inspired by sharing a slice with a pizza-savvy economist, she worked with Grubhub/Seamless to compile a graph to conclusively demonstrate that more pizza is always the best kind of pizza.

Bui created an interactive pizza graph using 74,476 prices from 3,678 parlors across the country, demonstrating how to get the most ‘za for the least dough. Says Bui for NPR, “The math of why bigger pizzas are such a good deal is simple. A pizza is a circle, and the area of a circle increases with the square of the radius. So, for example, a 16-inch pizza is actually four times as big as an 8-inch pizza.”

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From examining the graph, it’s clear that Bui’s theory holds up. A bigger pizza almost always means greater value.

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Clearly, if you’re getting the smaller pie, you might as well be eating dollar bills. So, stop living in fear and start having pizza leftovers all the livelong day, because you can’t afford not to.

Thank you, National Public Radio—for these pizza graphs and your service to the country.

(via io9 and NPR, images via William J Sisti, Quoctrung Bui and Seamless/Grubhub)

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