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PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods: Local Pizza Shop and Musuem to Showcase World Record Collection March 21, 2012

Posted by Matt Wargo in Clips & Videos, Philadelphia Scoop.
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Brian “Brain” Dwyer is taking his world record collection of pizza memorabilia and opening Pizza Brain along Frankford Avenue in Fishtown. It’s expected to be the world’s first pizza museum and restaurant.

Thanks to Brian and the Pizza Brain team for the shout out on their website.

Grab a slice and experience the story behind Pizza Brain!

[This content was originally created for PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com, a project of the Department of Journalism at Temple University’s School of Communications and Theater. You can find the original story here.]

College Crowd Goes for Self-Esteem Over Sex and Pizza, Survey Says January 17, 2011

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What exactly does a college student want? A boost to their libido or a desire to feed those hunger growls? Surprisingly, neither.

A new study shows when it comes to sex, pizza, or self-esteem, college kids just want a lift in their self-esteem department.

The results led researchers and skeptics to question if the “me-generation” is so self-absorbed that all they desire is a positive note attached to their coursework or a friendly smirk from a colleague across the classroom.

The results, published in The Journal of Personality, described two separate studies, according to The New York Times.

In one study, 130 students at the University of Michigan were asked to think about their favorite food, their favorite sexual activity and their favorite self-esteem-boosting experience. Participants were asked both about how much they “liked” the activity and how much they “wanted” it on a scale of 1-5.

Results showed that students “liking” and “wanting” a particular area was lowest for self-esteem.

The second study surveyed 152 students enrolled at the University of Michigan. This time, students were asked about their favorite activity, but with an expanded list in mind. The list included: receiving a paycheck, seeing a best friend, drinking alcohol, eating a favorite food, engaging in a sexual activity, and having a boost to their self-esteem.

The result was the same; students wanted a pick-me-up and a bump to their self-pride over all else.

So, what do you think? Weigh-in on this post through the comments section below.