12 Famous People You Didn’t Notice Died In 2017 (Part 2)

  • December 21, 2017
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This is the official time of year for “celebrities we lost in 2017” features, but aren’t you tired of seeing the same big names on those lists, you horrible, jaded death hipster? Well, we here at Cracked understand how messed up you are inside, which is why we like to pay tribute to those who got lost in the shuffle. So while everybody in the world is (quite rightly) wailing and lamenting the passing of THE Robert Guillaume, we’d like to pay our respects to …

June 8: The Hawaiian Pizza Guy

Sam Panopoulos, inventor of the Hawaiian pizza.

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In 1962, restaurateur Sam Panopoulos decided there weren’t enough choices for pizza toppings. “The pizza in those days was three things,” Panopoulos said, “dough, sauce, cheese, and mushroom, bacon, or pepperoni. That was it.” So he did the unthinkable: He sliced up some ham and pineapple and made the most polarizing dish of all time.

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Over half a century later, the debate rages on. Earlier this year, Iceland’s president said he would ban pineapple on pizzas if he had that sort of power. On the other side of the argument, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted: “I have a pineapple. I have a pizza. And I stand behind this delicious Southwestern Ontario creation.” We laugh now, but the future will look back on this moment as the start of the First Great Icelandic/Canadian War.

June 16: The Director Of Your Favorite Training Montages

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