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Man Travels World Taking Pictures Of Pizza (Photos)

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By Cooking Panda

There are no shortages of Instagram niches. Accounts dedicated to beautiful round dishes, beautiful round faces, and beautiful round bottoms are by no means rare. “Baddie” grandmas sporting youth culture clothing line Huf and Obey and shoddy taxidermy animals are few and far between. But one niche that has long suffered an over-saturation of accounts, sometimes indistinguishable from another, is the wayfaring Instagram accounts, complete with equally over-saturated photos and impossible crowd-free shots of exotic landmarks.

Globetrotting Phil Duncan seems like the traditional travel blogger/Instagrammer. But his exploration doesn’t just start with an excellent photo and caption, nor are his motives driven by “wanderlust.” If anything, it’s hungerlust.

Traveling to over 30 countries across five continents, British bloke and Seattle resident Phil documents these expeditions one slice at a time on his befitting travel blog, Travel Slice. Other impressive stats: he’s got 335 Instagram posts (containing pizza and his six-pack abs) and over 20,000 followers.

The 28-year-old told Thrillist that he noticed his friends paid more attention to his pizza photos on his Instagram than any others. So he made it a point to capture all the pizza he was eating throughout his travels from “the largest cities in the world” to “some tiny remote islands in the middle of nowhere,” he told Elite Daily.

Wherever you go, he says, you’ll always find pizza.

Having eaten his way through 30 countries, he says that there does exist a bad slice of pizza. Apparently, it’s in Argentina. “Possibly the worst pizza I’ve had.” Asked about his favorite pizza destination, the Instagrammer picked — as anyone could have guessed — New York city. No place in particular, but he says he’s eaten a lot of good pizza in the Big Apple, so it takes the cake (or slice).

Surprisingly, the presumed home of pizza, Italy, was not on Phil’s travel list. But he hopes to one day soon do a pilgrimage and experience pizza to its fullest by learning to make one himself, the true Italian way. The Seattle-based Instagrammer revealed that he dreams to open his own pizza restaurant one day.

Sources: Elite Daily, Thrillist / Featured Image: Pexels

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This Brooklyn Pizzeria Makes Edible Tide Pods (Photos)

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By Cooking Panda

Over the past several weeks, a dangerous and curious trend has spread across the memescape sparking much-needed intervention outside the usual reaches of parents and guardians.

Ask any level-headed adult with a working knowledge of “things that kids should not be eating,” and they will tell you: Do not eat Tide Pods. And yet, all across YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, kids are daring each other and themselves to eat these dissolving detergent packets that are made, you know, for laundry.

So one deeply concerned Brooklyn-based eatery, Vinnie’s Pizzeria, seized an opportunity to teach the youth a little something about meme consumption — only this one is actually edible. Cleverly named “PIEd Pods” are Vinnie’s intervention to Tide Pod madness. Stuffed with mozzarella cheese and pepperoni and topped with dyed cheese to get that genuine toxic Tide blue hue, these square bites are 100 percent edible, therefore, 100 percent not poison. The Williamsburg pizza shop said in an Instagram post that it expects PIEd Pods to be a sort of “gateway food” for kids to swing back to normal eating habits. “Hope, not Soap,” reads an Instagram caption from the pizzeria.

Not trying to stand in the way of an oversaturated meme culture, Vinnie’s Pizzeria did what any restaurant worth its slice would do to ride the Tide-al wave of social platform metrics. It made it accessible, or in this case, totally safe to eat.

Tide, on the other hand, cannot morally participate in the latest social media craze because, as part of a multinational corporation, they have an obligation to protect the youth even if it’s from themselves. Since the Tide Pod challenge rippled across YouTube and the like, the company has remained active on social media to take down this meme.

The same way online challenges are spawned (cinnamon, hot pepper, Kylie Jenner lip, mannequin), it starts with a small number of people with questionable motives and even more questionable common sense. The Tide Pod challenge was likely born out of boredom and “for jokes,” as many trends come about these days.

When a commenter asked on the Tide Pod challenge video, “Why are people eating Tide Pods?” a user replied, in so many words, “Because it drives engagement on YouTube.”

Sources: Munchies, Delish / Featured Image: Mike Mozart/Wikimedia Commons

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