Let's go straight to the heart of the matter: sharing a pizza with anyone can be dreadful. Who gets the larger slice? Who gets the last one? If these questions are important to you, go ahead and order two 12-inch pizzas and save yourself all the drama.
But if you are one of those who likes to share, ordering a single 18-inch pizza could mean more pizza in your stomach than two 12-inch pizzas combined. And you might also save a few bucks in the process.
Sharing this counterintuitive fact on Twitter, Fermat's Library explained the math behind it.
The area of two 12-inch pizzas is equal to 226 square inches. While the 18-inch pie will give you a bit 'more' pizza with 254 square inches.
Did that blow your mind? People on Twitter scurried for their calculators to counter this.
The pizza industry has known this for years but kept their studies hidden. Thanks for speaking truth to power, Andy.— Dale Jackson (@DaleJacksonPI) January 7, 2019
And 12 + 12 = 24 which is more than 18. This must be quantum physics. I hear all kinds of strange things happen there.— Scott Eisenberg (@rscotteisenberg) January 7, 2019
Finally! I can now coherently explain to my 10 year-old why math is important in life: without math, you might unknowingly spend more for less pizza!— South Jersey Techy (@SJTechy) January 7, 2019
So the best option is to get two 18 inch pizzas then. Got it.— Elaine Ferguson (@fergusonelaine) January 7, 2019
I mean YES! This is True. This is true in terms of Factually accurate. But if you have a party of lets say 4 people. Everyone getting 4 slices is gonna be a better party than everyone getting 2 slices that are "bigger"— Rick? No I'm The Rickest (@RickestOf_Ricks) January 7, 2019
New equations were born.
The volume is the area times the depth, so pi * z * z * a— Scot Close (@scotclose) January 7, 2019
Others found flaws in this logic. If you are into crust, ordering two 12-inches pizza would give you 33.3% more crust than in an 18-inch pizza.
Yeah, but the crust is arguably the best part and two 12 inch pizzas have 33.3% more crust than a 18 inch pizza. And now I'm hungry, thanks @fermatslibrary! pic.twitter.com/ZUfGicpcWG— Tamás Görbe (@TamasGorbe) January 7, 2019
So which one are you going to order?