Thursday, January 31, 2013

Pizza Size


Strange thing, the pizza size issue.  A lot of the pizza places don't measure their pizzas the way you'd think they would.

This is what happens often when you decide you would like a pizza.

Ring ring…

                      Pizza Guy
Main Street Pizza.  How can I help you?

                          You
Yeah, I’d like to order something to pick up.

                      Pizza Guy

What would you like?

                           You
How ‘bout a large pizza.  How much would that be with three toppings?

                      Pizza Guy
Thin crust or thick crust?

                            You
Hand-tossed.

                       Pizza Guy
That would be $18.67.

                             You
How about an extra-large?

                       Pizza Guy
Then it’d be….$20.49

                              You
How big is the large and how big is the extra large?

                        Pizza Guy
The large is eight slices, and the extra large is twelve.

                               You
But how big is it?  Not how many slices.  How many inches?


                         Pizza Guy
We don’t really go by inches.  It’s eight or twelve slices.

                                You

Yeah, but you could slice a pizza up into a million pieces, and it doesn’t mean anything.

                         Pizza Guy
Well, yeah, I now.  But we go by slices.  I mean, probably about twelve inches or something.

Maybe you don’t go this far in your pizza conversations, but I have.  If you think about it, it really is meaningless to talk about numbers of slices.  I suppose of a soccer mom is trying to feed eleven kids after a game, she might be satisfied by such an answer, and I certainly wouldn’t lose any sleep over the subject.  But one has to wonder how and when the general public became satisfied with a “slices” answer as opposed to an “inches” answers.  Most people are obviously are fine with it because the pizza places seldom get the inches question.  They always seem a little befuddled when I ask them.