Here’s our round up of 10 of the best flipping pancake facts, memes and jokes for you to chew on.
- Shrove Tuesday began as a Pagan tradition, when Anglo-Saxon Christians went to confession the day before Lent, and being absolved of their sins, or ‘shriven’
- The date of Shrove Tuesday varies every year, as it always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, which means it falls between February 3 and March 9
- In 2018, National Rail joined in with the pancake puns, by changing London St Pancras to London St Pancake on the passenger information displays
- The tallest stack of pancakes ever was 3′ 4″ tall, stacked up at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest on 8th February 2016, consisting of 213 pancakes!
- Traditionally, each of the ingredients for pancakes has been seen to each hold significance:Eggs = CreationFlour = The staff of lifeSalt = Wholesomeness
Milk = Purity
- French tradition says that while the pancake is turned, you touch the handle of the frying pan and make a wish, holding a coin in one hand
- Another pancake record in the Guinness Book of Records is the highest pancake toss, 31′ 1″ by Dominic Cuzzacrea. He beat his own previous record by 30cm!
- There’s a unique tradition in Scarborough, Yorkshire, on Shrove Tuesday – everyone gathers on the promenade to skip! Long ropes are stretched across the road, and ten or more people might be skipping on one rope. It’s not known where the tradition originates from, but it sounds fun!
- Some pancake recipes use bicarbonate of soda; before it was invented, cooks often used fresh snow as it contained ammonia, which helped the pancakes come out fluffy and soft
- And let’s finish off with a flipping great joke – How do you make a pancake smile? Butter him up.