May 22 is Bitcoin Pizza Day and it is forever and ever one of the tastiest day for Bitcoin, the date that has become legendary for the whole cryptocurrency community. This year, just a week after the Bitcoin halving, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the first payment in BTC. To join the party, let’s get a delicious slice of history!
At 2010 the 10,000 BTC was worth just $41 at the time of purchase
Once upon a time there lived a king… Whose name was Laszlo Hanyecz, the owner at least 10,000 BTC. Today this sum is enough to rent a fancy kingdom, but at that time such a huge amount of our favorite digital gold valued as simple $41. This “king” became the famous “Bitcoin Pizza Guy” exactly ten years ago when bought two Papa John’s or Domino’s pizzas for 10,000 BTC from the lucky guy Jeremy Sturdivant.
A few days before the transaction he made a post on BitcoinTalk that still exists, and you can read the original in the thread:
“ I’ll pay 10,000 bitcoins for a couple of pizzas.. like maybe 2 large ones so I have some left over for the next day. I like having leftover pizza to nibble on later. You can make the pizza yourself and bring it to my house or order it for me from a delivery place, but what I’m aiming for is getting food delivered in exchange for bitcoins where I don’t have to order or prepare it myself, kind of like ordering a ‘breakfast platter’ at a hotel or something, they just bring you something to eat and you’re happy!
I like things like onions, peppers, sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes, pepperoni, etc.. just standard stuff no weird fish topping or anything like that. I also like regular cheese pizzas which may be cheaper to prepare or otherwise acquire. If you’re interested please let me know and we can work out a deal.
Jeremy Sturdivant happened to be the person to agree and the whole community still wonders whether he really had the power of foreseeing or was just unbelievably lucky, but if he had held them for a few more years, he would have become times more richer. He got the coins when each of them valued as around $0,006, and sold them when a BTC’s price was about $400. In a while Bitcoin started to reach its peaks.
As for the Pizza Guy, at first glance his slice didn’t look wise at all: the value of the two pizza was $25 while he spent $41. However, it was he who initially boosted the interest in cryptocurrency and made the revolutionary payment. In 2018 he said: “I’d like to think that what I did helped. But I think if it wasn’t me, somebody else would have come along. And maybe it wouldn’t have been pizza.” And he did it again, celebrating the success off the currency with two more pizzas valued as 0.00649 BTC!
Do you like this holiday? Check out other Bitcoin holidays to celebrate.
- Bitcoin Birthday – January 3rd
- Bitcoin Genesis Transaction Day – January 11th. The first Bitcoin transaction was sent by Satoshi Nakamoto to Hal Finney, on this day in 2009
- The Billion Dollar Day – March 28th. Bitcoin market cap surpassed $1 Billion
- Bitcoin ATM Day – May 2nd. In San Diego, the fist Bitcoin ATM made its appearance.
- Bitcoin Whitepaper Day – October 31st. Official introduction of the Bitcoin whitepaper by Satoshi Nakamoto.
- HODL day – December 18th. The famous typo that made its way into our language.
Laszlo waited four days to get his pizza
Coming back to Bitcoin pizzas, it wasn’t that easy to make that Bitcoin payment. Laszlo had to wait 4 days, according to the Bitcoin magazine, as people hadn’t reached out to him immediately after his initial query. He must have gotten pretty hungry by that time!
Laszlo Hanyecz. What about now?
The programmer Laszlo Hanyecz said he had no regrets about the purchase, which makes sense, as the event was revolutionary and made history. This is his twitter with the last tweet dating 2018.
How to accept Bitcoin payments?
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Pizza Party Goes On
Though the 2 pizzas happened to be the revolutionary purchase, it was not the weirdest one. To celebrate the day we’ve prepared for you a short list of awkward and impressive things and services you can get by making payments in bitcoin online. This is the list:
- Your own personal paradise: 13-acre piece of heavenly land to start mining there.
- Mammoth tusks to flex about.
- Bitcoin plush pillows to make your flat a bit-coin-sier.
- Goats in Somalia to make funny cryptocurrency memes with.
- The first Macintosh, but not to mine.
- Tickets to the Virgin Galactic space expedition to see what coins are popular in space.
- Celtic cross tarot reading cards to make market predictions.
- A doge sweatshirt to gift Elon Musk.
Funny, doesn’t it? Of course, the Internet has other impressive options, but we would like to remind you that nowadays you can buy nearly whatever you want in BTC. And NOWPayments is a fit solution, safe and custody-free. Just give it a try and sign up quicker than you finish your slice of pizza!