By Adam Carlson
Updated May 30, 2013 at 09:26 PM EDT
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Patrick Stewart Eating Pizza

Yesterday, X-Men and Star Trek star Patrick Stewart tweeted that he was eating his “first ever pizza ‘slice,'” complete with a photo. Because it was Patrick Stewart or because it was pizza, people went all-caps crazy: “WHAT? How can this be your first ever sir?” one follower wrote back, a variation on the same.

Wrong again, world.

“People misunderstood,” the actor tells New York. “There was a school of thought that I had eaten my first pizza, but of course how could that possibly be true? I would have had to have stayed locked up in a cellar. But nevertheless, this was my first sliceof pizza, which I was only eating because my fiancée and I were a little hung-over yesterday morning and she said what we need is pizza and a soothing drink — and she was right.”

As Stewart explains, “I know, it’s hard to understand, isn’t it? But, you know, I would go in [a pizza place] and order a pizza and eat a whole pizza. It was the concept of the slice that I had never encountered before.”

The interview is actually much longer, a thorough examination of the actor’s pizza-eating history. Some of the tastiest pieces:

Is it the season of silly explanations? At least Stewart loves pizza instead of hating America.

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