Friday, February 16, 2007

Housewives Face Off In Cross-Continental Pancake Race

LIBERAL, Kan. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The Revolutionary War ended 200 years ago, but the battle between the Yanks and Brits rages on every year at International Pancake Race.

The event takes place on Tuesday (Feb. 20), and pits the Brits in Olney, Buckinghamshire, against the ladies of Liberal, Kansas, to see which housewife can run the fastest through a 415-yard “S”-shaped course while flipping a pancake in a skillet.

The offbeat event has been going on in England since 1445 and was started after a harried housewife hurried off to church while still flipping the pancakes for her family’s breakfast.

Things became international in 1950 when the ladies of Liberal found out about the event and challenged the British babes to a duel of sorts.

All participating pancake flippers wear a traditional skirt and scarf and all use the same size skillet to ensure fairness.

So far, the record for completing the course is 58.1 seconds and was set in 2001 in Liberal.

Although some feel the high winds of Kansas put the Americans at a disadvantage, they have won 30 times since the battle began.

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