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(Late night Breakfast run)   National Pancake Day (Free Pancakes)   ( divider line
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2688 clicks; posted to Main » on 11 Feb 2002 at 12:25 PM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2002-02-11 09:05:12 AM  
I do not know what about February 12th makes it suitable for being National Pancake Day --Fat Tuesday?-- and in fact it seems arbitrary and somewhat culturally oblivious to me --Chinese New Year?-- but all the same, the details are basically this:

IHOP is treating anyone who can get into their restaurant between 7am and 2pm on Tuesday "one free short stack of pancakes. No strings attached, no purchase required." They ask that customers donate what they would have spent on a short stack of pancakes to a "local charity that is being supported in each market." All of this is happening in any IHOP in California, Washington, Texas, Florida, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Oklahoma, Arkansas, District of Columbia and the cities of Atlanta, Memphis and Richmond VA.

This is where you come in. Obviously you are not going to spend the time/money/fuel to get over to an IHOP so as to support them with coffee money while poisoning yourself with their pancakes, and getting guilt-tripped for not contributing to their tax-deduction coffers. No, you are not, come on. However, you are going to have contact with a hungry person between now and Tuesday. In fact, I'd be surprised if you didn't cross paths with ten, twenty, or many more of 'em from now through then, wherever you are. Therefore, why not cut any opportunity for creative accounting out of the charity equation: tell as many of these folks as possible about the IHOP promotion, relating all relevant details such as promotion hours and location in your area. Pancakes, not spare change.

Alert the benign hungry and homeless, god save them, but also go out of your way to tell the loonies and the ones who have a bit of an edge, the types you might normally go a block or two out of your way to avoid. If you give a derelict a fish, (s)he will eat for a day, or maybe just have a new fish hat or a friend to speak to in a sing-song voice; if you tell a derelict about this IHOP promotion and so does everybody else, and the word gets around, well then pretty soon it might actually be worth going into an IHOP on this annual corporate holiday, just to see the commotion. The odd customer who is trying to get an honest meal, surrounded by folks wandering the restaurant spare-changing, staring at the customers' food, threatening the wait-staff, shooting up in the bathroom, and nursing coffees for hours while fresh customers leave for lack of seats.

Pretty soon the wait-staff are putting up signs like "no shower, no service", and at that point the hope is that a lawyer who has gotten wind of this plot will be on hand to take plaintiffs' names for a massive discrimination suit a la Denny's '94. So: print up the info from the webpage above and distribute, or just tell everybody who asks you for change, or looks like they could use a short stack with lots of syrup. Tell 'em that they should spread the word in turn. Put up printouts outside shelters, free clinics, courthouses, jails, liquor stores, and houses of ill repute.

With your help it could happen, people. Let's start an annual anti-corporate-holiday this Tuesday.
2002-02-11 12:28:11 PM  
I'm going to sprinkle mine with some pot !!!
2002-02-11 12:28:28 PM  
I didn't have the energy to read that Weeners there. But I don't care. I'm still demanding a link to the fark results. C'mon guys, be proud, WE WON. Don't be afraid to let all the farkers know about it.

2002-02-11 12:29:42 PM  
I'll only celebrate if a Scottish physicist will precisely flip the pancakes for me.
2002-02-11 12:30:08 PM  
This sounds like a job for Snopes!
2002-02-11 12:30:21 PM  
IHOP Sucks! they must crap in the food cause everytime i have eaten there i wanna gag.
2002-02-11 12:31:00 PM  
MMmmmmm... I miss IHOP. I wish there was one where I live...

Oh, and Chewbacchus, NO FAIR writing that before the article was posted!
2002-02-11 12:31:02 PM  
2002-02-11 12:32:19 PM  
Pancakes are all well and good, but what about "NATIONAL MOONS OVER MY HAMMY" Day?? That's the best on the menu!!!
2002-02-11 12:34:16 PM  
I prefer cockroaches in my pancakes. It eases my colon problems.
2002-02-11 12:35:02 PM  
No free pancakes in K.C. :( This farking sucks.
2002-02-11 12:35:14 PM  
they only celebrate this in states without any IHOP's.

no money lost.
2002-02-11 12:35:15 PM  
yea Henchman! I have one down the street, no free pancakes for me?! why isnt it a nationwide thing? I am sure the homeless shelter here could also use some extra charitable donations.
2002-02-11 12:35:17 PM  
when is free kind bud day
2002-02-11 12:36:34 PM  
"I do not know what about February 12th makes it suitable for being National Pancake Day --Fat Tuesday?--"

Uh, yes. Duh.
2002-02-11 12:38:02 PM  
I prefer 'National Free Gun Day.' It's much more exciting.
2002-02-11 12:39:03 PM  
why is there an essay as the first p*st?
2002-02-11 12:40:41 PM  
Mmmmm.. pie pants.
2002-02-11 12:41:01 PM  
Bah! No IHOP within 25 miles of me..

Free pancakes, DENIED
2002-02-11 12:45:51 PM  
US style pancakes suck! Crepes are much nicer...
2002-02-11 12:48:14 PM  
There's an IHOP right around the corner from me. I hope they're breakfast
2002-02-11 12:48:56 PM  
that'd work, if it weren't for moons over my hammy being a denny's item, not ihop.
2002-02-11 12:49:04 PM  
I went to a Pie Festival yesterday. It was sponsored by (no joke) "The National Pie Council". I felt like Homer. I'm still shiatting blueberries.
2002-02-11 12:49:14 PM  
No free pancakes in CO! What a rip-off! Fark that place!
2002-02-11 12:49:27 PM  
Crepes can eat my ass. They suck
2002-02-11 12:56:24 PM  
ha "national pie council"

That's hilarous. Here is the American Pie Council
Don't you think that after the flick "American Pie" came out they would change their Vision statement?
The American Pie Council (APC) is the only organization committed to preserving America's pie heritage and promoting American's love affair with pies.
2002-02-11 01:03:27 PM  
"America's pie heritage..."

2002-02-11 01:13:49 PM  
So I was eating breakfast at the "International" House of Pancakes...this austere French captain leans into my table and said "Excuse monsieur, was that the sausage link? Or patty?"

My syrup steward helped me with my selection. I chose a dry was busy, but never precocious.
2002-02-11 01:23:39 PM  
Rowdy: You've got to watch those syrup sommelliers. Some can't even tell the difference between a Vermont maple and a good New Hampshire.
2002-02-11 01:42:28 PM  
IHOP not too far from where I work

too bad their pancakes suck
2002-02-11 01:52:03 PM  
There's a "crepe" stand that opened up in a nearby mall, it's called "Gimme Crepes"... I'm not kidding.
2002-02-11 01:57:58 PM  
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Oolong: The official mascot of International Pancake day.
2002-02-11 02:01:23 PM  
"I prefer 'National Free Gun Day.' It's much more exciting."

Nah, "Free Bat Day" at Yankee Stadium would be more entertaining, and it lasts longer since bludgeoning deaths take more effort. :)
2002-02-11 02:04:33 PM  
I love hearing people complain about food places...

I bet you also complain about the quality of the food at McDonalds and Burger King.

Well, when you go to a place like IHOP, you aren't going for the "high quality" food, so if it tastes like crap you can say to yourself "It was my choice to go to IHOP, so it was my choice to eat crappy food".

Sorta like having a choice of using an outhouse or a modern bathroom, you chose the outhouse and are now complaing that it smells like shiat.

Who's fault, your fault.
2002-02-11 02:12:35 PM  
"I love hearing people complain about food places...

I bet you also complain about the quality of the food at McDonalds and Burger King."

I, for one, was NOT complaining about the quality. I was complaing about the lack of free pancakes available in my area. Y'see? I LIKE their pancakes. I like 'em better FREE.

As far as Mickey D's and Burger King, the fries at McD's are the best, as the BK fries are coated in some kind of tasteless substance. However, BK burgers are better tasting than McD's sandwiches. Thank god I have a BK and a McD's within a block of each other in my neighborhood. Ahh... fast-food nirvana!
2002-02-11 02:19:49 PM  
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2002-02-11 02:28:50 PM  
"National Pancake Day"?

Oh no! What am I supposed to buy for my pancake on this special day?
2002-02-11 02:47:32 PM  
Max: Churn her some man-butter.
2002-02-11 02:48:27 PM  
Knitwit---That is the funniest pic I have seen in a long time...Don't know why, but I am still laughing....
2002-02-11 02:52:42 PM  
Pancakes are traditional on Shrove Tuesday (aka Fat Tuesday aka Mardi Gras aka just another farkin' day in the office for me), because they were a good way for housewives to dispose of fats and butter prior to the Lenten fast. Those wacky Christians!

- Elayne
2002-02-11 02:57:41 PM  
Alas I cannot take credit. Pancakes figure heavily into Oolongs lifestyle.
2002-02-11 02:58:51 PM  
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2002-02-11 03:02:48 PM  
Goddam. Those pics are too funny.
2002-02-11 03:10:41 PM  
stop with those pics! I am pissing my pants and nobody is going to believe that it's because of a rabbit with pancakes on its head...
2002-02-11 03:14:49 PM  
"Oolong is so calm and patient -- he never gets angry when I take pictures of him. When I put various objects on his head, he stays still for a minute. This is just a result of an intimate relationship between me and Oolong."
2002-02-11 03:14:59 PM  
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would you perfer a teapot?
2002-02-11 04:16:03 PM  
Hey, sorry about the length of that post, but get over it; it was something I also sent out to most everyone in my e-address book. Trying to get a grass roots campaign going. fark IHOP.

Ah, and it seems the Fat Tuesday connection is legit; I was only hazarding a guess, shoulda checked it out. Still no word on how IHOP will be commemorating Chinese New Year, however.
2002-02-12 06:53:49 PM  
like, whats IHOP? i'm in uk

and like
since when was it national pancake day?
it's pretty international as far as i was aware
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