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This year, Nestle will use Easter as an excuse to give Japan more of the unusual food it craves – in this case, pancake-flavored Kit Kats.

What do pancakes have to do with Easter? Who the hell knows? But they do appear to carry rabbit ear designs and wishes for a “Lucky Easter” – so that’s something.

Unfortunately, it seems that this brilliantly bizarre combination will be confined to Japan – so the rest of us will only be able to imagine what these things taste like. Though, I would hope they taste like, you know…pancakes.

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Researchers from University College London have finally tackled the physics of perfect pancakes and have published their results in Mathematics TODAY.

The study compared 14 different pancakes from around the globe, analyzing their aspect ratio (the diameter of a pancake to the third power and the volume of the batter), and “baker’s percentage” (the ratio of liquid to flour – a lower aspect ratio will result in a thicker pancake, while a higher baker’s percentage results in thinner batter).

Researchers found that aspect ratio varied dramatically based on the recipe. Thick Dutch poffertjes were found to have an aspect ratio of 3 while thin crêpes had an aspect ratio of 300. Baker’s percentage provided noticeable differences in browning but remained relatively steady throughout, with all pancakes ranging between 100 and 225. This is all due to how the water escapes while cooking.

As, uh, interesting as all of this is, the study actually has a far deeper and more important purpose: treating glaucoma. Since glaucoma is the result of liquid building up and becoming trapped in an eye, discovering how liquid can escape through or around a thin surface could hold tremendous value in treating the disease.

Check out the video below for a demonstration.

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If you lack the time or artistic chops to make Star Wars pancakes like these, you can still greet the dawn with BB-8 thanks to a simple new recipe from Disney.

The quick concoction only requires a large and medium pancake, orange slices, powdered sugar and blueberries. Check out more on the recipe in the video below.

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There have been numerous pancake art videos over the past year, but YouTuber “Dancakes” may have the stand out winner with his Star Wars griddle portraits. They would be the centerpiece of any edible art gallery – if there was such a thing. I wish there was such a thing.

Examples include painstakingly detailed renderings of Captain Phasma, Han Solo, Chewbacca, BB-8 and more.

Watch the video after the break…

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La Ricetta Ristorante Pizzeria in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture is known for more than just Italian food – they have also become famous for creating artistic pancakes featuring popular Manga characters.

The creations are made solely with pancake batter, soy milk and awesome skill, with the color differences being achieved by varied cooking times.

Hit the jump to check out additional examples.

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YouTuber “Tiger Tomato” creates pop culture pancakes like the Sonic version pictured above using standard pancake mix (with added water), food coloring and raw talent. The perfectly even tones are reportedly the result of using low heat – only turning it up at the end of the creative process to get a fully cooked result.

TigerTomato has created a bevy of edible breakfast art including Pikachu, Adventure Time characters, and even My Little Pony’s Rainbow Dash.

Check them out after the jump.

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We’ve seen the pancake creations of Nathan Shields before, but this time he’s taking us all to Hogwarts.

Watch as he creates incredibly detailed (and delicious) likenesses of Harry, Hermione, Ron, Snape and even Dumbledore in the video after the break…

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Dan Drake aka Dan The Pancake Man has assembled a whole new kind of Avengers Initiative. And they look delicious.

Watching him make them is also incredibly zen.

See for yourself after the break.

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Ralph, Tails, George and Oz are tortoises. Generally speaking, a tortoise’s diet consists mainly of leafy greens. So, when these tiny tortoises came across some tiny pancakes in this latest Buzzfeed video, they were a bit confused. One of them even looked down right daunted. But, thankfully, the video has a happy ending, as all the tortoises realized that pancakes are, in fact, quite tasty.

Check out the video after the break…

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