Some of the best inventions were discovered on accident, so this goes right along with that hypothesis.

According to Food & Wine, a team of scientists at University College London were recently trying to find a cure for glaucoma and accidentally discovered the recipe for the perfect pancake instead.

Glaucoma is caused when liquid builds up in your eye.  So they wanted to figure out how it builds up, and how it escapes.  Ironically enough, pancakes are a pretty good stand-in for eyes from a physics perspective.

So the team started making different types of pancakes, analyzing the ratio of liquid to flour, and tracking how it affected the size and the quality of the pancakes.

Unfortunately they weren't able to figure out a cure for glaucoma, but on the bright side, they did come up with the recipe for perfect pancakes.

You want to use a ratio of 1.75 cups of water for every one cup of flour.  That should get you a nice, smooth, perfectly browned pancake.

It won't do a damn thing for your eye pain, though.

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