American politics may be dividing the country right now, but if there's anything to draw people from all walks of life together, it's a mile of cheesy, carb-y deliciousness. As of Saturday, the record for the world's longest pizza now belongs to the United States, and I honestly can't tell whether patriotic feelings are stirring in my heart right now or I'm just hungry.
After an unsuccessful Kickstarter campaign this spring, the event was funded largely through private sponsors. Cooked up at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, the pizza reached more than 6,330 feet around the track. That makes it nearly 1.2 miles long, shattering the previous Guiness World Record set by chefs in Naples, Italy, last year. According to Newsweek, seven pizza chefs and about 100 volunteers gathered to make the pizza, which required thousands of pounds of ingredients. A blowtorch melted its many parts together, and a mobile gas convection oven followed behind to finish cooking. The end result weighed more than seven tons, and it was enough to feed approximately 10,000 people — or, in my experience, a dozen drunk college students at 4 a.m.
Unfortunately, according to LA Weekly, organizing hiccups meant that some spectators never got the chance to try the pizza before it was donated. Perhaps true greatness is meant to be admired, not tasted.
Despite what you might think, this isn't actually the weirdest category of world record out there. In fact, it makes total sense in comparison to the following oddly specific records.