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IHOP free pancake day is a nighttime affair

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IHOP celebrates National Pancake Day on Feb. 5 with free food until 10 p.m.

For people who love long lines and seeing what sugar does to overtired children, this is your lucky night. For those who carry the heavily scented trauma of watching an IHOP mini-pitcher of "Butter Pecan" syrup pour into the floor mats of a 1987 Chevy Cavalier, this annual tradition is a terror of senses.

There are at least 48 locations within 50 miles of Los Angeles. The freebie covers one short stack of Original Buttermilk Pancakes per face, and you have to sit there and eat it. No takeout. 

Why so generous with the 750-calorie treats? IHOP hopes that in exchange for a free, sticky high, you will make a charitable donation. $10 million says you will.

Since beginning its National Pancake Day celebration in 2006, IHOP has raised more than $10 million to support charities in the communities in which it operates... In return for the free pancakes, guests will be asked to consider leaving a donation for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals or other designated local charities.