May 22 is known as the Bitcoin Pizza Day after computer programmer Laszlo Hanyecz paid 10,000 bitcoins for two delivered Papa John’s pizzas in 2010.
Being one of the earliest well-known purchases in the history of Bitcoin makes it an iconic day. Those 10,000 BTC that has been offered for two large pizzas worth $40 is now worth about $90 million.
Hanyecz organized his pizza offer on bitcointalk forum,
“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!”
In his first television interview with CBS News last year, Hanyecz shared,
“I honestly thought it would be really cool if I could say, ‘Hey, I just traded this, you know, open source internet money for a real world good.”
But Hanyecz didn’t stop after the first real-word transaction that involved cryptocurrency, he continued spending Bitcoin.
He minted and spent about 100,000 BTC in all, which would have been now worth more than $900 million, much of it on pizza, Hanyecz shared on “60 Minutes.”
2nd post by Hanyecz for another “open offer.” He also got the pizza on May 22nd.
Despite the price of bitcoin skyrocketing, Hanyecz isn’t really phased out about his deal as he told the NY Times in 2014,
“It wasn’t like Bitcoins had any value back then, so the idea of trading them for a pizza was incredibly cool. No one knew it was going to get so big.”