Pineapple topping on pizza? This President hates it so much, he wants to ban it

Over the years, food connoisseurs and, of course, the Reddit community have generated endless ‘pineapple-on-a-pizza’ debates. Believe it or not, there are online forums that hotly debate “pineapple on pizza?” followed by discussions between purists and adventurists. The most recent one being the heated pineapple-pizza debate of 2017 with the hashtag #pineappleonPizza trending on Twitter.

Looks like the series of confrontations are going to continue now with President of Iceland Guðni Th Jóhannesson adding fuel to the fire. During a recent Q&A session at a high school in Akureyi, North Iceland, Jóhannesson threw a gastro-political grenade saying he hates pineapple on pizza so much that he would ban it if he could pass laws on his own. This was in response to a question by a student who asked what the president thought of pineapple as a pizza topping.

The pineapple-pizza debate is hardly new. The internet has been going crazy over it since some time now. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

President of Iceland Guðni Th Jóhannesson. (Source: Facebook/Forseti Islands)

His statement caught the attention of Twitteratis and as expected, soon it snowballed into a huge controversy. Jóhannesson had to issue a statement on his Facebook page in response to what he calls the ‘pizza controversy’.

He said, “I like pineapples, just not on pizza. I do not have the power to make laws which forbid people to put pineapples on their pizza. I am glad that I do not hold such power. Presidents should not have unlimited power. I would not want to hold this position if I could pass laws forbidding that which I don´t like. I would not want to live in such a country. For pizzas, I recommend seafood.”

It’s kind of funny, especially with social media fuming over his suggestion but there are a handful of people who support him, calling him ‘the leader we need’.

Indian university rankings confirm Indian Institute of Science is best: President

Bengaluru The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), often in the top 200 global university rankings, was praised by president Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday for advancing research in science and technology.

“Alumni and faculty of IISc have played and continue to play a strong role in leading national science and technology institutions and in various advisory or administrative roles in the government,” said Mukherjee, the IISc’s Visitor, at its annual convocation here .

Noting that IISc maintained its reputation of being a premier institute of higher education and research, he said its academic stature as the country’s best university was confirmed by the National Institutional Rankings Framework.

“Over the century-old institute has laid emphasis on the pursuit of basic knowledge in science and engineering, as well as on the application of its research findings for industrial and social benefit,” said Mukherjee in his convocation address.

The institute was set up in 1909 through a private-partnership between Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, the Maharaja of Mysore and the government.

Deviating from the speech text, the president told the graduating students and the faculty that he was happy to be at the institute that made the country proud.

“One of my inspirations when I entered the teaching profession was the institute’s director JC Ghosh in the 1940s, who later became the first director of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Khargapur in West Bengal,” he recalled.

The institute is recognised globally and ranked among the world’s top 200 universities.



Observing that the country had 760 universities and 38,500 colleges across the country, the President said the massive expansion of the higher education sector had led to resource constraints and dearth of quality teachers.

“If our institutions have to become world-class, they will have to adopt best practices in academic management and excel in whatever they do, as the spheres of intervention are many,” he said.

Mukherjee also urged the institutions to provide best amenities to the academic community, as state-of-the-art laboratories would enable quality experiments.

He honoured 677 students, including post-doctoral research scholars, post-graduates and graduates passing out from the institute with awards and medals at the ceremony, held at the JN Tata Auditorium on campus.

Karnataka governor Vajubhai R Vala and chief minister Siddaramaiah were present on the occasion with other dignitaries and invitees.