Eating pizza every day for a year sounds like a misguided college student’s dream. However, for Kyle Feeney, a year of pizza had a little bit more meaning.
On January 1, 2015, while visiting friends in New York City, the 23 year old pledged to eat a slice of pizza every day for the next 365 days.
“Every time I would come visit [New York City] I would end up eating pizza like three or four times over the weekend,” Feeney told Business Insider. “One thing led to another and the ‘pizzagram’ was born.”
Feeney’s first video shows him on the first day of the new year, taking a big bite of pizza and swig of wine while in the shower. Fittingly, Becky G’s song ‘Shower’ is blasting in the background.
Soon, Feeney decided if he was going to eat pizza every day for a year, it should be for a noble cause.
“Once the second video was made, I figured there should be a reason for doing it,” says Feeney. “That’s when I called my aunt and decided to involve Autism Speaks for my cousin Robert.”
Feeney started a Go Fund Me page dedicated to raising $10,000 for Autism Speaks. If he succeeded in raising the money, he pledged that he would to get a tattoo of a pizza slice.
As the year wore on, Feeney stayed diligent in his pizza consumption and documentation.
He ate pizza in the airport:
While playing lacrosse:
Some videos even got a little sexual:
Eventually, Feeney moved to New York, the pizza-crazed city where it all started.
However, through all of this, he never lost his love for pizza.
“I didn’t get sick of pizza, surprisingly,” says Feeney. “I guess I really love pizza.”
He did get sick of making the increasingly creative videos. In June, while commuting for work, he contemplated quitting the project. However, his mother told him that failure was not an option.
Feeney says he isn’t sure about the impact his pizza-heavy diet had on his health.
“I’ve put on a couple pounds, that’s for sure,” he says.
With 30 days left, Feeney had raised $7,155 — almost $3,000 short of his goal.
However, a happy hour fundraising round pushed him over the $10,000 mark with less than two weeks left in 2015. Feeney closed out the year eating his last mandatory slice of pizza while being sprayed with champagne.
Feeney stuck to his word and got a tattoo of a slice of pizza two days into the new year.
“I had never been to a tattoo parlor before, but it was actually a fun time,” says Feeney. “Explaining that I wanted a slice of pizza tattooed onto my butt was… interesting, but Levi at Psychotic Ink did a tremendous job. All my friends got to watch it happen and he even worked in a Autism Speaks puzzle piece into it.”
Going into 2016, Feeney isn’t making any rash resolutions.
“I suppose it’s the Year of Fitness,” he says. “Pizza kind of took over the whole working out thing the last six or so months of the year. Maybe by 2017, I’ll be jacked. Who knows?”
However, he is proud of his commitment to pizza and a cause in 2015.
“I’ve learned a lot about myself — primarily how difficult it is to try to come up with a silly new video every single day,” says Feeney. “I can proudly say that I ate pizza every day.”
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