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.