Thanks to Iain for the tipoff on this one. The Mail printed a load of complete bollocks on pancakes the other day as a bit of Shrove Tuesday nonsense - I've given up compassion for Lent this year, by the way, so I'll see you over at Harry's Place - but as this commenter points out, there's something slightly askew with the magical pancake formula:
According to that formula, if you left the pancake batter standing for ten years, (s-e) would be large, and so the pancake would be near perfect. If you let it stand for the same time as you left the pancake to cool, (s-e) would be zero and the pancake would be infinitely bad.
Hmm. Maybe just not bother running complete crap stories about magic formulas? Or check them out first before you put them in a national newspaper? Nah...