IHOP declares 'national pancake day'
Willie Grace | 3/3/2015, 3:10 p.m.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Dig in: It's national pancake day.
So says IHOP, which should know, considering it is the International House of Pancakes.
It's a made up occasion, of course, but before you flip out, know that IHOP says March 3 is the tenth annual national pancake day.
To celebrate, IHOP is offering customers a free short stack -- three pancakes, for the uninitiated -- of its buttermilk variety.
Diners will be asked to leave a donation for a charity like Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, and IHOP said that over the years, it has collected $16 million for charities.
If the occasion has creped up on you, IHOP says customers can come in between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. and ask for the offer. It is available at most locations.
If you don't make room for a plate, approach social media at your own risk: #NationalPancakeDay was already trending on Tuesday morning.
Like other made up celebrations, there's little rhyme or reason behind why March 3 was selected. Others, for example, celebrate national pancake day on September 26, part of the equally arbitrary national breakfast month.
But that doesn't make the moment any less delicious.
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