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Wrapped in Sound: Surround Speaker Systems Make Great Leaps Forward

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The very first pancake was made when a crafty cook combined the appropriate quantities of flour, eggs, sugar, milk and some kind of leavening ingredient. Not brain surgery. But the operative words here are “appropriate quantities.” The proto-flapjack was likely either a paper-thin thing made from a far too runny batter or a nasty puck far too thick to ever bake properly on an open griddle. A bit of fiddling with the ingredients by this prehistoric IHOP-er, and the formula was carved in stone–maybe literally.

And though any modern cook knows that whipping up the world’s best pancakes from scratch takes mere minutes in the kitchen, most of us like to take the easy way out and turn to a box of premixed concoctions. The cakes may not be quite as light, fluffy and tender as the scratch-made batch, but the box stuff can be pretty darn good. There is something to be said for convenience.

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