National Pizza Day
By: Rachel Linden
National Pizza day is on February 9 th and the holiday is dedicated to appreciating pizza. Pizza was
invented in Naples, Italy around the 10th century and it has since grown to become one of the
most popular foods in America.
Facts about Pizza:
1. Pepperoni is the most popular pizza and topping
2. Three billion pizzas are sold in the US each year- and another billion in frozen pizzas.
3. 17% of US Restaurants are pizzerias.
4. Antica Pizzeria, the first Pizzeria in the United States, opened in 1895 in New York City.
5. Americans consume, on average, 23 pounds of pizza per person each year.
6. Part of pizza’s appeal is that it never has to be the same and it can easily be changed to
tastes, preferences, and diets.
Ways to Celebrate National Pizza Day:
Go on a pizza crawl of the best pizza places in your city
Wear pizza clothing all day
Challenge your friends to a pizza bake off
Give your friends pizza-themed gifts
Bring pizza to work
Cook multi-course meals where every course is in the form
7. Visit “Random Acts of Pizza” online to send a pizza to
someone in need.
8. Have a pizza party
No one knows exactly when National Pizza Day was created, but almost everyone can find
something to love about it!
By: Marrisa Zentz
Ever wonder how this “tradition” came into play? Groundhog Day is celebrated on February 2 nd in the
United States and Canada. The Pennsylvania Dutch superstition is if a groundhog comes out of his den on
February 2 nd and sees his shadow, then winter will go on for six more weeks. According to Stormfax
Almanac, the groundhog is only about 39% accurate.
One theory states that the groundhog naturally comes out of hibernation in
central Pennsylvania in February because of rising temperatures. This is just one
of many theories. In the past, the prediction of weather based an animal’s
behavior- which is thought of as crazy nowadays- was given more credit because
stores would be scarce of food as the harsh winter progressed.
This year, Groundhog Day falls on a Friday.
I wonder what this Groundhog’s Day will bring- more winter or early spring?