14 fun facts about Pancake Day and why we go flippin' crazy for Shrove Tuesday

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Get your frying pans at the ready as one of our favourite days of the year is here - it’s Pancake Day!

Here are some fun facts about Shrove Tuesday to get you in the mood for the day:

1. The idea of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday is more than 1,000 years old! They were originally invented as a way of using up all the leftover fatty and rich foods before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.

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2. In total, Brits use an unbelievable 52 million eggs on Pancake Day. That’s 22 million more than any other day.

3. The largest pancake ever made measured 15 metres and weighed in at three tonnes – you’ll need a lot of sugar and lemon for that one.

4. The most flips anyone has ever done with a pancake is 349 flips in two minutes. That’s ‘flipping’ good!

5. Over a lifetime, an average person will eat 7,300 eggs.

6. In France, people like to make a wish before flipping their pancakes. They do this while holding a coin in the other hand.

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7. On average we consume two pancakes per person on Pancake Day, which means that we get through 117 million pancakes in one day! This requires enough milk to fill more than 93 Olympic swimming pools and almost 13 million kilos of plain flour.

8. We all have our preferences for pancake toppings but the weirdest pancake toppings have to be sour cream and caviar, ketchup and mustard, peanut butter and ice cream, coco pops and cream, cream cheese and strawberries.

9. Andrei Smirnov from Russia ate a colossal 73 pancakes in one hour! That’s more than one a minute.

10. The Guiness World Record for the most pancakes served in eight hours is 34,818.

11. Before baking soda was invented, cooks often used fresh snow as it contained ammonia, which helped the pancakes come out fluffy and soft.

12. It isn’t just us - William Shakespeare was a pancake lover! It is reflected in many of his plays.

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13. The highest pancake toss reached 329cm high. Good luck trying to beat that!

14. In France and the United States Pancake day is called Mardi Gras which means 'Fat' or 'Grease Tuesday'.

Will you be scoffing pancakes this evening? Do you have a preference for the flat crepe-type pancake or the smaller and thicker style? What's your favourite topping? Tell us how you'll be celebrating Pancake Day below.

 

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4:27pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Helen, Walthamstow says...

Guardian, please get over your obsession with silly lists every week!

There is so much news out there you are not reporting but that is much more interesting than this sort of lazy twaddle.
Guardian, please get over your obsession with silly lists every week! There is so much news out there you are not reporting but that is much more interesting than this sort of lazy twaddle. Helen, Walthamstow
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5:09pm Tue 4 Mar 14

westside_o says...

Id hate to think where the ammonia in the snow used comes from but am glad I'm not consuming!
Helen,
They have to fill the gaps and lazy twaddle eases the minds of those with a gap to spare .
Id hate to think where the ammonia in the snow used comes from but am glad I'm not consuming! Helen, They have to fill the gaps and lazy twaddle eases the minds of those with a gap to spare . westside_o
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1:19am Wed 5 Mar 14

tracygrahamcracker says...

In honor of pancake day, check out my on-going pancake project!
http://tracygrahamcr
acker.com/pancakesfo
rone-3/
In honor of pancake day, check out my on-going pancake project! http://tracygrahamcr acker.com/pancakesfo rone-3/ tracygrahamcracker
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11:03am Sat 8 Mar 14

Michael Pantlin says...

We are England so the spelling is" favourite".
We are England so the spelling is" favourite". Michael Pantlin
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