Pancake day

Pancake day facts
  • 'Shrove' is the past tense of the old verb to shrive, which means to confess one’s sins
  • In the UK we use approximately 52 million eggs on Pancake Day, which is 22 million more than a usual day
  • The world’s largest pancake, made in Rochdale, measured 49ft 3in in diameter and weighed 2.95 tonnes
  • The expression “as flat as a pancake” was first recorded in 1761
  • In Iceland, Shrove Tuesday is known as Sprengidagur, literally, Bursting Day and is celebrated by eating salted meat until you're ready to burst!

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