What would Fat Tuesday be without National Pancake Day? Here’s a little backstory, pancakes on Mardi Gras are a thing because they help people get rid of all the butter, eggs, and milk in their fridge before Ash Wednesday, which is the start of Lent. If you don’t need to clean out your refrigerator you can still participate in the fun. As always, you can get a free short stack at IHOP today. They just encourage you to donate a few bucks to charity instead of paying.