Monday, February 22, 2010

Got syrup?

When you receive an email from someone named Morgan Fukumoto, you do one of two things: 1.) mark it as spam or 2.) check to see if the sender is talking about pancakes. This morning, the latter was the case.

Tomorrow is National Pancake Day -- a holiday created by investors at the International House of Pancakes. That's not true, but for all my research, this holiday seems to have very close ties to IHOP.

FACT: IHOP was the first business to use the letter "i" as a prefix. FACT: I just made that last comment up.

Okay, all joking aside, here are some quick facts about National Pancake Day provided by Mr. (or Mrs.) Fukumoto:

* Pancake lovers donated nearly $1.5 million to children's charities, far exceeding the fundraising goal.

* IHOP served 2.5 million free pancakes on National Pancake Day 2009.

* All of the free pancakes served on National Pancake Day 2009 would have created a stack more than 20 miles high.

* Since the inception of National Pancake Day in 2006, IHOP has raised more than $3.25 million and given away more than 6.1 million pancakes to support charities in the communities in which it operates.

* National Pancake Day 2009 was IHOP's largest one-day event in the company's 51-year history.

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