This ‘Seinfeld’ Clip Proves It’s Okay For N.YC.’s Mayor to Eat Pizza With a Knife and Fork

01/14/2014 at 05:24 PM ET

Internet (and Jon Stewart), you have been exploding with disgust that newly inaugurated New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio would dare to eat his pizza with utensils and not his bare mayoral hands.

The backstory: Associated Press political reporter Jonathan Lemire Tweeted a photo of De Blasio eating a thin-crust pie with fork and knife in hand, which is a faux pas among many veteran New Yorkers—who feel that the only “real” way to eat pizza is to break the crust just so and fold the slice in half.

The stern stance stems from the high volume of to-go slice shops in N.Y.C; when you’re eating pizza on a street corner, the fold-and-bite technique makes sense. The photo went viral, and every local pizza maker has been weighing in—most of them disapprovingly.

We’re here with the last pop-culture word: If George Costanza can convince the Yankees board of directors that they should be eating Snickers bars with a knife and fork, it’s a kosher move with any pick-upabble food product.

Fork on, Bill.


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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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