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21 Scenes From Our Trip to the Pizza Museum

Jason English
Cary Norton
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As I mentioned yesterday, we're excited to be part of the Fiesta Movement. For our first mission, I headed down to Philadelphia's Pizza Brain, the world's first pizza museum. Here are some of the things I saw and learned.

1. Pizza Brain is home to the world's largest collection of pizza-related items.

2. One of the least appetizing of those items: Pizza Hut Perfume.

3. The Noid is prominently featured.

4. In 1989, Kenneth Noid became convinced that Domino’s “Avoid the Noid” campaign was a personal attack on him. He held two employees of an Atlanta Domino’s hostage for hours. He demanded a pizza, $100,000, a getaway car and a book about secret societies.

5. You'll get a healthy dose of TMNT.

6. Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre co-wrote the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song.

7. Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince was the voice of Shredder in the TMNT cartoon.

8. A lot of pizza-related music apparently exists.

9. Around back, you'll find this mural.

10. Lots of random stuff hiding in drawers.

11. You can eat at the pizza museum, too.

12. I wasn't sure what museum-quality pizza would taste like, but it was pretty great.

13. Also: Moxie! Moxie is the official soft drink of Maine.

14. People are starting to mail in pizza memorabilia. Like this.

15. Famous people, too! Like John K, creator of Ren & Stimpy.

16. And Nancy Cartwright from The Simpsons. A signed script!

17. Hollywood managed to part with this promotional box for Joey.

18. Pizza-themed comics!

19. Pizza-themed high-brow magazines!

20. And even Luigi from The Simpsons!

21. One thing missing: Book-it! But the Pizza Hut people sent us some. I'll be donating these pins (but keeping the t-shirt).

In case you missed it, here's our chat with the co-visionaries of Pizza Brain.