When was the last time you made several hundred pancakes at home?
Sorry. Pong. Pancakes are like the easiest breakfast food to make in bulk quickly. I can't fathom a restaurant not serving them on weekends because of the "hassle".
Me or Pong?
At home? The most I've ever made was probably 50 or so.
The last time I made several hundred? Last October. Pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, breakfast potatoes, and migas for 250.
Look, I have a very large family, and we're often charged with feeding them at random events. Probably because my mom and sister used to have a catering company. I'm not talking out of my ass here. But even my husband who's worked in many, many restaurants can't imagine how a diner would have such an issue cranking out pancakes or any breakfast food. We're not talking about someone's house here. It's a diner. A place that sells food all day every day. If they're not equipped to crank out a few dozen pancakes (let's be honest, it's a small diner, there weren't 200 people there), then why have them on the menu?
I think it's just more reasonable that the diner owner is whacked.
Oh, the diner owner is off her rocker, no doubt. Usually people who say what everyone else is merely thinking are "whacked" in one way or another.
So, I did a back-of-the-envelope calculation, based on my poor estimates of grill size and typical pancake dimensions, and figure a diner grill could make a dozen pancakes at once (assuming a nice 8-inch diameter hotcake and a grill that's about a yard across). If a short stack is 3 pancakes, and a regular stack is 5 cakes, then she could fill 3 or 4 orders simultaneously, if no one ordered anything else. Probably have to make some eggs and hashbrowns, too, (what's a stack of pancakes without sides? Mmmmm, bacon....), so maybe she could make half-a-dozen pancakes at once? Say 10 people ordered short stacks, that's 30 pancakes to make. If made in batches of 5, that's 6 different batches to prepare. That could take, what, 15 minutes total?
That was fun, but not the point.
The point is - no one likes screaming children. And nature made it that way on purpose. Screaming children are meant to attract attention from adults. Ignoring it politely, as most people do, is an unnatural effort.