Every May 22 cyphernerds around the world celebrate Bitcoin Pizza Day, the day when early bitcoin enthusiast and programmer Laszlo Hanyecz offered 10,000 bitcoins – about $25 at that time – for two Papa John’s pizzas (pictured above). In 2010 he posted this to a bitcoin message board:
Those bitcoins would be worth $2,330,000 today.
A few hours later a UK bitcoin holder made the call and sent the pizzas and the feast lasted, miraculously, for forty days and nights. Actually it didn’t – Laszlo and his kids just ate a lot of pizza for a few days – but a tradition was born.
In honor of Bitcoin Pizza Day some payment sites are offering discounted pizza to bitcoin holders. Snapcard is offering $5 off any pizza bought with bitcoin and you can order a slice for kids at Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital.
You can also just grab a pie from Pizza For Coins. Regardless of how to celebrate this national holiday, pour out a little greasy, nasty Papa John’s garlic sauce in honor of those who fought the hard battles that got us to the state of bitcoin today… and maybe get a better pizza than Hanyecz got. Papa John’s is awful.