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Hey America, All Your Pancakes Are Wrong

British pancakes are real pancakes, and much better.

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Sure, America, your pancakes are OK, adequate even. But they're still wrong.

And the true pancakes, like the ones made in England, are superior.


And there's history behind this shit, too. True pancakes, cooked in a pan, have been around for hundreds of years.

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This painting, for example, is from 1560. That's 216 years before your country even happened, not that we're counting.


The Western European pancake tradition comes from the need to use up perishable ingredients before the Christian fasting period of Lent, things like egg, milk, and flour.

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The simplicity of these ingredients is what makes the pancake-making process so great, and what makes Pancake Day probably the best thing Christianity ever did.

The key difference with American-style "pancakes" is that they use a raising agent, like baking powder, WHICH IS COMPLETELY AGAINST THE POINT OF THE PANCAKE.

Sure, yes, you can also add chocolate chips, which is a good idea, but let's focus, yeah?

Which means that the most important part of Pancake Day, overmanaged photo ops involving pancake flipping, is really fucking easy. This is an American version.

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It's so easy. Just flip this easily flippable thing, and look happy.

This is the British version. Look how miserable that child at the front is. Raising children to expect that the world is hard and tough and everything is disappointing is clearly the only way.

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Big British pancakes are impossble to flip, and this is why Britain is better.

Also, this is the photo that the most kids looked happy in, and they've still only got half of them smiling. Misery FTW.


And you know why this is so tragic? Your dumb pancakes are fucking winning. This is a Wetherspoon's menu, and it includes pancakes.

You know, Wetherspoon's, dark, crumpled, and slightly soiled soul of the British people. Wetherspoon's.

It should be serving real pancakes.

They're American pancakes, and that's not even made mention of!

Sure, Wetherspoon's has sort of unimaginably ruined them anyway, and may actually be conducting a covert operation to stem the tide of American-style pancakes arriving in Britain by making every British person think they're terrible, but they are still the wrong pancakes.

So look, these are pancakes, the best sort of pancakes.

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British pancakes are the same thing as crepes. Crepe is the French word, pancake the English. American pancakes are like neither and should not be called pancakes.