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Bitcoin Pizza Man Gets Anderson Cooper Exclusive on CBS 60 Minutes

The man whose landmark purchase of pizza with Bitcoin nine years ago is celebrated annually as Bitcoin Pizza Day is about to re-enter mainstream headlines, this time to appear on the CBS 60 Minutes segment in an exclusive with legendary CNN journalist and 60 Minutes correspondent Anderson Cooper.

In the early days of cryptocurrency, one man decided to trade his bitcoin for pizza. It was a historic event, but not such a great investment. “60 Minutes” reports, Sunday https://t.co/qS8Swvl5Go pic.twitter.com/raUBvyCD36

— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) May 16, 2019

On 22 May 2010,  Laszlo Hanyecz of Jacksonville Florida made history by purchasing two large pizzas. He paid pizza joint Papa Johns 10,000 Bitcoins, today worth a staggering USD 73 million.

While undoubtedly a well-known celebrity among Bitcoin communities, Hanyecz will now truly get the mainstream treatment by appearing on one of the most watched TV shows in North America and interviewed by one of the most respected media personalities in the Western world.

An excerpt from the interview reveals a man who is happy and proud to be part of Bitcoin history, yet who rather humanly avoids lingering on price comparisons so as not to feel regret:

Cooper: “That’s USD 800 million [erroneous, Cooper meant USD 80 million, Bitcoin price at the time was USD 8,000]. You spent about USD 800 million on pizza?”

Hanyecz: ” “Well, if you look at today’s exchange rate.”

Cooper: “Are there nights you wake up “where you think, ‘I could have had $800 million… if I hadn’t bought those pizzas?’”

Hanyecz: “I think thinking like that is… not really good for me.”

The episode airs this Sunday to estimated millions of viewers, 19 May 2019 at 7.00pm EST (11.00pm UTC).

 

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Bitcoin Pizza Day Marks Eight

Eight years ago today, on 22 May 2010, Laszlo Hanyecz of Jacksonville Florida made history by purchasing two large pizzas from Papa Johns with 10,000 Bitcoins. This was considered a major milestone as it was possibly the first time that Bitcoin was used to purchase goods from a major company. Today, ‘Bitcoin pizza day’ is proof that Bitcoin could be used as a currency.

Hanyecz had mined the Bitcoins to purchase the pizza on his personal computer. This is a feat that is now impossible, mining Bitcoins on a personal computer costs more in electricity than the minuscule amount of Bitcoin it produces. Nowadays, expensive specialized mining rigs made with application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) are required to have any chance of mining Bitcoin profitably.

The pizza was purchased with the help of a forum user on Bitcointalk; Laslo Hanyecz sent the Bitcoins to the forum user and then the forum user purchased the pizza with their card. Bitcointalk continues to be the most popular Bitcoin and cryptocurrency forum to this day, and was started by Satoshi Nakamoto, the mysterious founder of Bitcoin who disappeared shortly after it launched.

Many would think that Laszlo Hanyecz would have regrets over using 10,000 Bitcoins to buy a couple of pizzas, since today they are worth an astonishing USD 84 million. Coindesk released a pizza day tracker which updates in real-time how much the 10,000 Bitcoins used to buy the pizza are now worth, expected to result in cringing and astonishment from most.

He doesn’t appear to have any, however, he was stoked just to be able to use the Bitcoins to buy pizza since he had gotten them for free by mining on his computer and they were barely worth anything at the time.

At the time the infamous pizzas were purchased, each Bitcoin was worth roughly 3/10 of a US penny. This fact help illustrates how enormous the rise in Bitcoin’s price has been. As of this writing, each bitcoin is worth USD 8,200, an incredible rise of 273,300,000% since pizza day. There is probably no other asset in the world that has risen at such a pace as Bitcoin has in the long term.

Now Bitcoin can be used to buy anything in the world and is accepted on at least a thousand different retail websites, but it all began with one man in Florida using Bitcoin to buy pizza.

 

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