Interesting Pancake Facts

by Ben Panny

1. The tradition of consuming pancakes on Shrove Tuesday in practically 1000 years old.

2. On Pancake Day in Newfoundland people put items in the pancake batter before it's cooked to foretell the future for family members. If it takes place that boy receives item for a trade, it suggests he will enter the trade but if a girls receives item from a trade, it implies she will marry a person from trade.

3. Maple syrup which is frequently applied as a topping, was originally a sweet drink which was found by the Algonquin Indians. To make this drink, sap was collected from Canadian sugar maple trees and next it was boiled.

4. The very first ready-mix food which was sold commercially was Aunt Jemima pancake flour. It was invented in 1889 in St. Joseph, Missouri. It wasn't quite common at the beginning.

5. It is widespread in France to touch the handle of the frying pan and to make a wish at the same time the pancake is turned, holding a coin in one hand.

6. Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday is referred to as "Carnivale' in Italy (from the Latin for 'goodbye to the flesh') Fasnacht' in Germany (night of the rapid) and 'Mardi Gras' (literally 'Fat Tuesday') is celebrated in places as diverse as Brazil, New Orleans, and Australia. In Iceland the day is called 'Sprengidagur' (bursting day) and is recognized for the tradition of consuming salt, meat and peas. In Greece it's named 'Apocreas', which means 'from the meat', as it's traditional for Greeks not to eat meat for the duration of Lent.

7. The first recorded pancake day was in Olney, Buchinghamshire in 1445 year.

8. The longest race in the quickest time was held in Melbourne in Australia. Man called Jan Stickland covered wonderful 345 meters in 59.5 seconds. It was in 1985 year.

9. The biggest variety of pancakes tossed in the shortest quantity of time in the UK is 349 tosses in two minutes. (Dean Gould at Felixstowe, Suffolk, 14 January 1995).

10. World's biggest pancake was cooked in Rochdale (Greater Manchester) in 1994, which was 15 metres in diameter, weighted 3 tonnes and had an estimated two million calories.

11. Word 'shrove' comes from the archaic English verb 'to shrive' which signifies to absolve people from their sins. In the Middle Ages it was very typical for priests to hear people's confessions to prepare them for Lent.

12. In the US, Pancake Day is frequently called Mardi Gras. In French 'Mardi Gras' means Fat Tuesday.

13. Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli in 2005 year set the world record for the highest pancake toss at 329cm.

14. Russian blins are ordinarily prepared with buckwheat and they are thin, crispy pancakes served with caviar and sour cream or folded and filled with jam and cream cheese.

15. One pancake fan ran a marathon at the same time continually tossing a pancake for three hours, two minutes and twenty seven seconds.

16. In 1986 was hold an event named World's Largest Pancake Breakfast. It was revived for the 350th anniversary of Massachusetts. This breakfast has been held each year since then and hundreds of volunteers help in the course of this occasion. An wonderful variety of 71,233 serving of pancakes had been served to over than 40 thousand men and women in 1999.

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