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What is your favorite local pizza place?

Asked at Borders, 700 New Hampshire St. on December 14, 2010

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“Papa Keno’s.”

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“Johnny’s.”

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“Rudy’s.”

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“Pizza Shuttle.”

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missmagoo 3 years, 3 months ago

Wheat State! Papa Kenos! I can't DECIDE!!!!!!

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farmgal 3 years, 4 months ago

Years ago, Milton's had the best pizza in town. Excellent crust. Gorgonzola cheese & mushroom one was our favorite. Then they replaced the quality cheese that they had been using with a cheap one. So, we quit going there. Their service was also very bad, so we just always got the food to go. We should try them again to see if things have improved.

Rudy's Pizza is sub-par. Mediocre at best.

Sure wish there was a place in town that had as good of pizza as Campus Hideaway.

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BorderRuffian 3 years, 4 months ago

An interesting move here, but take home one of those fresh pizzas at Sam's Club. You gotta take it home and bake it, but it's wonderful.

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notanota 3 years, 4 months ago

Rudy's, Ingredient, Papa Kenos, and Wheat State.

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Ricky_Vaughn 3 years, 4 months ago

Shuttle is gross! More like Pizza ****-hole. I used to work there and could only stomach their pies if they were fresh out of the oven. Just because it hits the spot at 2:45 AM doesn't make it good. Remember, alcohol impairs your judgement!

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bobberboy 3 years, 4 months ago

Fudgepackers Bistro is the best.

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ScottyMac 3 years, 4 months ago

Johnny's Johnny's Johnny's. It's good.

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dogsandcats 3 years, 4 months ago

Papa Keno's.

Rudy's crust is too bread-y and not crust-like, and I haven't tried Johnny's yet. Pizza Shuttle is just ok.

Wheat State is good but expensive so I rarely have it.

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Joe Hyde 3 years, 4 months ago

This might be over-stretching the question's definition of "local", but my favorite pizza nowadays comes from the least likely of places -- the Casey's convenience store in Eudora.

Anyone who regularly commutes on K-10 Highway between Lawrence and Johnson County should stop in and try a slice or two from the carousel warmer, just for a drill. But get their telephone number while you're in there, so that you can call in an order ahead of time and pick it up on your way home or wherever.

Casey's Supreme pizza is practically a religious experience.

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slvrntrt 3 years, 4 months ago

Rudy's is the best!

Nothing can compare to Hungry Howie's though.

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Blessed4x 3 years, 4 months ago

I don't know if you'd consider it local or not, but the best pizza in the region, hands down, is Buzzard's Pizza with locations in Lyndon, Pamona and Wellsville. Once you've had Buzzards, you won't believe that you wasted money on all the other crap.

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Steven Gaudreau 3 years, 4 months ago

Why is it every time there is a question like this one, individuals can't seem to understand the basics of the question? The question was not "what's your favorite pizza?" or "What's WAS your favorite pizza place?" The criteria is simple. Notice the words "is" and "local". Is it that difficult to understand that your answer must be in regard to a local and available pizza? Every time we see these questions it's always, "My favorite was Pappy's in 1929 in DeSoto." Answer the question at hand or not at all. Where's my flipping coffee????

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psycho_theclown 3 years, 4 months ago

Torre's in Westport is the best within a 50-mile radius.

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LJ Whirled 3 years, 4 months ago

In the Out-the-Window Division: Cupini's. Then Rudy's, I suppose. Papa Keno's is kind of a greasy mess, but is probably third place as far as strictly-pizza places.

Best pizza I ever had in Larry was Uno's deep dish ... I know - chain and closed, but it was a real solid pie ... Lawrence is not a pizza town, really. College kids don't know any better.

Best pizza I've had lately in the KC area was at Spin! in OP. Nice ingredients, great oven, good cheap wine, gelato, and a little live folk music. Why wouldn't that work here?

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edjayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

Wheat State. Or are they even still in business?

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scopi_guy 3 years, 4 months ago

The first pizza place I remember going to in Lawrence was the Green Pepper. It was really good. Then it became a Valentinos and that was great. The best part about going to Omaha is going to their buffet there. Sometime in between, it was WC&Me...we'd go there after church sometimes. About all I remember about it was all the pictures of WC Fields on the walls. And another place that didn't last long was over in that strip mall on Iowa street by where Gibson's used to be...called Gabriel's, I think. There were a lot of paintings of angels everywhere. Don't remember the pizza, just the painted walls. Then we started going to Godfathers on Sundays because of the free pop. I still love their combo! Pizza Shuttle really isn't bad. Sometimes I get the BTO with anchovies.

Pizza Hut is the worst pizza hands down. How they keep going is beyond me. But I love their breadsticks and their wings are pretty good. But for pizza...no.

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useta 3 years, 4 months ago

I liked Pizza Shoppe on 6th St.!!!

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Randall Barnes 3 years, 4 months ago

Papa Kenos.. blue cheese and peperoni

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pizzapete 3 years, 4 months ago

Rudy's is by far the best, because of their sauce. Fat Freddies is good, too. Papa Keno's if you like burnt slices.

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cj123 3 years, 4 months ago

papa murphy's delight veggie is my favorite pizza! if i want pepperoni pizza, i go to glory day's!

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autie 3 years, 4 months ago

Tomorrow's question: What is Bubba's favorite pizza? Bubba? Is that a good thing? We gots an atheletic director named Bubba now? I wonder if he has his own still.

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gphawk89 3 years, 4 months ago

Pyramid. Under The Wheel. Just down the hill from where I live. Or lived... I guess that was '89. At GP. Get it? Aw, heck, I don't think it's even there anymore. Used to go to the one in Westport occasionally. I think that one's still there. Same good pizza.

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Paul R Getto 3 years, 4 months ago

Interesting reading here. The Italians actually define pizza: "In an effort to implement a degree of uniformity, and 'stake its claim' in what is seen as a cultural commodity, the Italian government has recently imposed a series of regulations that will specify what can and cannot be called a Neapolitan pizza." http://www1.american.edu/TED/pizza.htm ========== Most commercial pizza is too thick and too salty. Chicago-style pizza is a casserole, but sometimes tasty. You can make a good one at home if your oven will hit 500 degrees and you buy one of those stones. "Roll your own (dough, that is,) Lawrence.

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whats_going_on 3 years, 4 months ago

ooo tie between Wheat State and Glory Days. Wheat State maybe, just because i don't have to give up all the money I have to get a dang pizza.

Used to love Papa Kenos, but last few times I went my pizza took forever and then it was burnt to a crisp, eh.

And non-local is definitely Godfathers

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The_Original_Bob 3 years, 4 months ago

"I am on the edge of my chair waiting in anticipation....what city has the highest per capita of lawyer types? Wilmington Delaware?"

Keep up, Autie.

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mr_right_wing 3 years, 4 months ago

I could have amnesia, not remember my name or where I live, but I'd still be able to recite the "8-4-2--1-2-1-2, call us now, Pizza Shuttle". jingle.'

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autie 3 years, 4 months ago

I am on the edge of my chair waiting in anticipation....what city has the highest per capita of lawyer types? Wilmington Delaware?

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Jeanne Cunningham 3 years, 4 months ago

PS (Pizza Shuttle) - Do NOT forget to either use the coupons or get the "fers".

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Jeanne Cunningham 3 years, 4 months ago

812-1212 Pizza Shuttle - Big Greek (YUMMMM), BTO Shuttle (easy on the O), Cheeseburger Shuttle (easy on the Mustard), Farm Shuttle, Super Shuttle (add some Banana Peppers) -and, YES - I LOVE the Sweetsticks.

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The_Original_Bob 3 years, 4 months ago

Guess which city has the highest per capita of lawyers, besides DC.

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The_Original_Bob 3 years, 4 months ago

Guess which city has the highest per capita of lawyers.

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dwntwn 3 years, 4 months ago

Love Keno's and the Hawk 'N Cheese from Wheat state is pretty good....but then I like most pizza

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autie 3 years, 4 months ago

Alex Trebek. He even speaks cheese eater sometimes. Papa Noel...hmm....I like that better.

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ObiWan 3 years, 4 months ago

I could be biased since I worked there for several years, but Rudy's is my favorite. Their sauce is unlike any other I've had, and everything is prepared and served with pride. The owner is good to his employees, so the turnover is low, which helps keep the product consistent. Some of the best food in Lawrence.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 4 months ago

Hollis, For what it is worth, "papa" is Sanskrit for evil.

Namaste

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beatrice 3 years, 4 months ago

Pizzaria Bianco -- named the best pizza in the country! (My "local" is Phoenix.) http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives/2010/02/pizzeria-bianco-wins-rachael-ray-pizza-madness-bracket.html

For Lawrence, absolutely Papa Keno's, although I must admit it has been a few years.

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HollisBrown 3 years, 4 months ago

There sure are a lot of "Papa" places. Are they based in New Orleans? In New Orleans they call Santa Claus "Papa Noel". That's just silly.

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mom_of_three 3 years, 4 months ago

I haven't been to the gambino's here in a while, but the one where I grew up (over 20 something years ago) was pretty good. I like papa kenos, because I like crispier crust, but i have yet to find a i-will-die-if-dont-have-it pizza.

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HollisBrown 3 years, 4 months ago

Oh, for cryin' out loud. I didn't know Captain Kirk was a French Canadian. That explains a lot. I worked at a hotel that was primarily inhabited by Canadians and Australians(don't get me started). The French Canadians were the worst. They liked to play a game called "I Don't Speak English". Really funny.

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insearchofauniqueid 3 years, 4 months ago

It looks like Papa Kenos has quite a few followers. Haven't tried it yet but I think I will go downtown and try a slice this afternoon. Otherwise, I'm a pretty big fan of glory days pizza

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mbulicz 3 years, 4 months ago

If you're eating in, Papa Keno's is well worth the trip. Best pizza in Lawrence.

For delivery, Pizza Shuttle is hands down the best. Cheap, open late, fast, and fresh. For a real kick, try Brandy B's cream cheese sticks with jalapenos on top. We won't order them any other way anymore. The two large pizzas deal is super cheap, and if you add extra toppings, they PILE them on. Definitely worth the little surcharge.

The new Domino's recipe is delicious and reheats well. I'm glad they rebranded and moved away from the "it's cheap, whaddya expect?" category. I'd recommend giving them another try if you haven't already.

As for Pizza Hut, one slice of Meat Lover's has 860 mg of sodium, and it takes five of their wings to hit 100% of your daily fat intake. I have to down two glasses of water for every piece of Pizza Hut pizza because it's so ridiculously salty. I could probably stomach their pizza if it didn't have more sodium than the Atlantic.

I'd rather eat Totino's frozen pizza than a single bite of Papa John's pizza-shaped heap of whatever-it-is. I've never understood their appeal, and they are way overpriced for such a bland, forgettable pie.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 4 months ago

Why do we as Americans allow William Shatner to reside here? He was not born in Riverside IA. No Quebec.
Which means he is a Canuck thin little pancake eater.

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sissezz 3 years, 4 months ago

Papa Keno's OMG!! sooo goood

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BigPrune 3 years, 4 months ago

It sounds like everyone's favorite pizza place is no longer in business. I like Rudy's and Pyramid but then I discovered I was lactose intolerant. Rudy's also isn't ADA compliant. Try to use their potty in a wheel chair.

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MacHeath 3 years, 4 months ago

Anyone remember Shakespeare's ?
Portugese Linguica pizza at the Campus Hideaway? It seems good at the time, but I was usually pretty wasted. Papa Keno's is good again. Isn't that pretty close to NY style? I dunno, never been to NYC. Rudy's is good too. I have had so much Pizza Hut pizza over the years that I would just as soon have anything else. I miss having a Uno's in town. That was good for a change.

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HollisBrown 3 years, 4 months ago

Same goes for New England. Where is New England? Is it a state? A city? I guess we should wise up and have teams like the Midwest Chiefs, The Eastern Midwest Colts, the Northern Midwest Vikings. You never hear anything about the states in New England. Know why? Because New England is made up of mostly boring wealthy white people. Only 2 things have happened in New England in the last 10 years: -Great White played a gig at some dump in Rhode Island in 2003. They burned it down and killed 100 people. -That atrocious, unspeakable murder in CT last year. Then again, those events aren't newsworthy because they didn't happen in NYC.

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ivalueamerica 3 years, 4 months ago

I have to agree with Kernel, Campus Hide-a-Way.

My first job was there and i learned to cook their pizza and I even still have a couple of the old pizza tins from there. My favorite was the shrimp pineapple pizza.

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HollisBrown 3 years, 4 months ago

"So who's go the best/closest thing to a NY style slice?"

If I see one more comment about NYC I'm gonna gag myself. "Oh, I'm sooo cool! I'm from New York City. We are the center of all humanity. Nothing happens any where else. Nobody else matters." Yeah, I'd just love to live in a city the size of Eudora with 7 million people. 7 million considerate, polite people. I was at a house party years ago where a couple of haggish coeds were ragging on Lawrence and whining about how no one has pizza like NYC. I told them I suspected there might be colleges in the NYC area and they might want to go to school there instead.

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HollisBrown 3 years, 4 months ago

Well, I just got schooled. And me, king of bacon strips. I do know that pork belly is very tasty. My wife gets it at the asian store at City Market, marinates it, and grills it into a dish sort of like Crispy Pata, a filipine delicacy. I also like the pork belly scene in "Trading Places":

Randolph Duke: We are 'commodities brokers', William. Now, what are commodities? Commodities are agricultural products... like coffee that you had for breakfast... wheat, which is used to make bread... pork bellies, which is used to make bacon, which you might find in a 'bacon and lettuce and tomato' sandwich. [Billy Ray turns and gives a long look at the camera] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EjdC0...

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labmonkey 3 years, 4 months ago

I loved Pyramid pizza. The best pizza I ever had came from a gas station in Pittsburg...Horton's Pizza.

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The_Original_Bob 3 years, 4 months ago

If you happen to find yourself in Kansas City, Waldo Pizza is really good.

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prospector 3 years, 4 months ago

"So who's go the best/closest thing to a NY style slice?"

I met an obnoxious no-it-all New Yorker (I guess that does not need to be stated for they all are) in the Free State brewery that claimed that Johnny's had the closest thing to NY style pizza in town. I thought it was just okay.

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BruceWayne 3 years, 4 months ago

Judy's...home of the 72" birthday pizza. Anyone remember?

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pea 3 years, 4 months ago

So who's go the best/closest thing to a NY style slice?

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BABBOY 3 years, 4 months ago

Papa Kenos (although it was better in the past)

I like Rudy's but my wife does not.....

Pizza Hut and Old Chicago are not local by the way and you can go to one almost anywhere in the nation....

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fleeba 3 years, 4 months ago

Cream cheese and tomato Pizza from Shuttle.

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g_rock 3 years, 4 months ago

Depends on the state that I'm in. If I'm hungry, it is Wheat State Veggie Dream or Mediterranean. If I'm needing comfort food, Papa John black olive, mushroom and onion with lots of extra greasy garlic stuff. And if I'm drunk, Pizza Shuttle with extra cheese.

What was the place that was on South Iowa north of Runza that isn't there anymore? My grandparents used to come from Topeka for their pizza.

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somedude20 3 years, 4 months ago

I have not been to Milton's in a long time but when they had normal hours I would get their pizza. They had a brick oven and those pies (and calzones) were really good.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 4 months ago

Hollis, Interesting enough, if you will recall your US History to 1877, We fought Pig War with those damn Canucks.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 4 months ago

On that point, Hollis, As a connoisseur and gourmand of the the cured belly of a swine carcass ( I belong to three separate and distinct different bacon of the month clubs, which when the packages arrive, I attack with a rapacious esurience), whilst I agreeth that Canuck Bacon is a whole different species, I must immediately and directly challenge the veracity of your 6:20 statement that Canuck bacon is ham. No Sir. That is cured porkloin, (call it backstrap if you must), where as ham is from the hind leg. Saying that Canadian bacon = ham, is an affront to God, as much as being able to connect William Shatner to Kevin Bacon in 2 degrees. It should be 7 degrees.

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autie 3 years, 4 months ago

How do you get all the local news?

Try reading the local paper. Just skip the OTS part.
And my favorite Kool-Aid flavor is green.

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JJE007 3 years, 4 months ago

I don't like any pizza places in Lawrence. I used to be able to get an awesome white pie but that's no longer the case.

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The_Original_Bob 3 years, 4 months ago

"Is this news?"

No, this is the OTS.

Rudy's and Pyramid.

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northtown 3 years, 4 months ago

Is this news? I want to know what really goes on in the so called city i live in. How do you get all the local news? Also there is not any good pizza in Lawrence.Just another fast serve college town.. Lawrence news just sucks!!!

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kernal 3 years, 4 months ago

Campus Hideaway was the best. Guess would have to say just about anywhere in Chicago.

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HollisBrown 3 years, 4 months ago

Oh, just a point of information. Canadian Bacon is just ham. Can't you people get anything right? Yes, I said you people, and I mean it.

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HollisBrown 3 years, 4 months ago

First? First what? First to pick a horrible franchise? My favorite is Glory Hole. I also like the Totino's Pizza from Dillon's. You can't beat the perfectly shaped cubes of ham and pepperoni and the soggy crust. Valentino's was good. They had a good buffet and they were cool about serving under-age drinkers. That was when you only had to be 18 to drink beer. I was about 14 and could have passed for maybe 10.

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bkreed1960 3 years, 4 months ago

My favorite was Gabriel's Pizza on 25th and Iowa, but alas it is long gone as well.

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Bill Lee 3 years, 4 months ago

The Green Pepper on 23rd was my favorite, but it's been gone for a long time.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 4 months ago

Lawyers have horrible horrible taste in pizza.

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