19 Things You Didn't Know About Pancakes

We've cooked up a hot pile of flapjack facts.

Whether you're in your mom's kitchen or your local go-to breakfast spot, there are few sounds like the sizzle of hot batter in a pan to make you glad you dragged yourself out of bed on a Sunday. You know pancakes have always been your favorite way to start (and maybe end) a morning, but here's a serving of pancake trivia that you might not be quite as familiar with -- right after this MTV Other video starring "The Pancake Breakfast Critic."

1. The first pancakes were called Alita Dolcia ("another sweet" in Latin) and were made by Romans in the 1st Century AD.

2. The world's biggest pancake measured 49+ feet in diameter and weighed 6,614 pounds.

3. In the U.S., Southerners eat the most pancakes, accounting for 32.5% of our pancake consumption.

4. International Pancake Day falls on the same day as Mardi Gras. It’s also called Shrove Tuesday and it’s how countries like England and Ireland observe the day before Lent.

5. The world’s most expensive pancake is available for $200.00 at Opus in the Printworks in England. Ingredients include Madagascan vanilla pods and 23-carat gold leaf.

6. Cliff, the 1990s IHOP spokesperson, had plenty of experience with milk and eggs -- he was raised on a dairy farm in Ohio.

7. In Sweden you can order Blodplättar, which are pancakes made of pork blood.

8. If you break the world record for most pancakes eaten, you won’t be in the Guinness Book of World Records; it’s not one of their categories.

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9. Pancakes can be used as an artistic medium, based on the portraiture of artist Katherine Kalnes, who constructed likenesses of Justin Bieber and Ellen Degeneres using a Batter Blaster.

10. The potato pancakes that are traditionally served during Hanukkah are fried in oil as a reminder of the miraculous oil lamp that the Jewish holiday celebrates.

11. Pancakes were the source of political pratfall when, in 2000, GOP candidate Gary Bauer fell off the stage and through the backdrop during a pancake breakfast fundraiser.

12. A breakfast of two pancakes with butter and syrup will set you back 520 calories, which is about two hours of steady walking’s worth of maple syrup goodness.

13. Pancakes may be the true breakfast of champions. Pro runner Ryan Hall has tweeted about his favorite post run snack...

14. The United States produced a whopping 3.17 million gallons of maple syrup this year, which is actually 10% less than last year.

15. The record for the world’s highest pancake toss belongs to Dominic Cuzzacrea, who flipped a pancake 31 feet (and 1 inch) into the air in November 2010.

16. Since 1961, Mrs. Butterworth has been the iconic godmother of American syrup. In 2009, the company revealed that her first name is Joy.

17. If you take a trip to the Magic Kingdom and stop in for breakfast at Frontierland’s River Belle Terrace, you’ll be treated to pancakes in the shape of Mickey Mouse.

18. In the months after McDonald’s launched the McGriddle sandwich, which uses two small pancakes instead of a biscuit, the company’s profits increased by 11%.

19. The town of Olney in England hosts an annual pancake race in celebration of “Pancake Day.” They've done it every year since 1445.

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