Can you handle the "hole" truth?

The sugar-craving crowd at the Weekender get heart palpitations the first Friday in June.

Why? Because this happens to be the day in which we celebrate our first-thing-in-the-morning mainstay: the good, old-fashioned doughnut.

But, first, here's a li'l history lesson on this perky pastry of deep-fried perfection.

Even though the doughnut had been around since, at least, the mid-19th century, it's popularity spiked when women provided the mobile treat to homesick U.S. soldiers on the frontlines in France during World War II.

The women, who were actually Salvation Army workers nicknamed "doughnut dollies," used material that they had on hand, like wine bottles as rolling pins or soldiers' helmets as frying pans.

The returning American GIs (AKA "Doughboys") brought their love for O-shaped pastries stateside.   
 
The pastry got another shot in the arm when an enterprising Russian immigrant named Adolph Levitt invented the first doughnut machine in 1920. He had to in order to meet customer demands at his small New York bakery.
 
So, by the time the Salvation Army started National Doughnut Day in 1938, the sugary treat had already become ubiquitous.
 
However, that isn't to say our appetites have been sated with crumbly pieces of food for thought. In fact, we're filled with jelly as well as filled with questions.
 
For instance, how the hell do you spell it, anyway?
 
IS IT 'DONUT' OR IS IT 'DOUGHNUT?'
 
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, "doughnut" is the actual spelling while "donut" is a variant of the term. Since the Weekender staff are strict grammarians, we'll go by the dictionary spelling of the word. However, Merriam-Webster conclude both "doughnut" and "donuts" are acceptable. So, in other words, we're screwed either way.
 
HOW MANY DOUGHNUT-RELATED HOLIDAYS ARE THERE?
 
Short answer: there's a ton of 'em. While Friday is officially National Doughnut Day, we celebrate National Jelly Filled Doughnut Day on June 8, National Cream-Filled Doughnut Day on Sept. 14 and National Glazed Doughnut Day on Jan. 12.
 
ARE YOU PIGGING OUT FOR PATRIOTISM?
 
According to the U.S. Census, nearly 174 million Americans ate doughnuts in 2011. Yup, that's your tax dollars at work, folks. That number is projected to swell to nearly 200 million by 2020. 
 
BLAME CANADA? WHY NOT? 
 
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is handsome, athletic and is known to photobomb constituents while not wearing a shirt. On the other hand, President Donald Trump is tubby, pasty-looking and, thankfully, clothed at all times. Guess which country has more doughnut shops, per capita? Agri-Food Canada said the correct answer is our neighbors to the north.
 
GOT A SWEET TOOTH FOR STATISTICS?
 
Long before there were TV shows celebrating gluttony, there was the Guinness World Records. 
 
Have you ever wondered if there was a world record for a highest stack of doughnuts? D'oh, of course there was. According to the Guinness folks, the people behind 2007's "The Simpsons Movie" used 1,764 doughnuts to build a 43.5 inch doughnut pyramid. We're sure Homer must've been pleased.
 
Chefs in the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan were responsible for the largest serving (1,470 pounds, to be exact) ever.
 
But, c'mon, most people aren't making doughnuts. They're eating 'em!
 
Are jelly-filled doughnuts your "jam?" If you're able to eat six doughnuts in three minutes, you'll tie Steve McHugh, of the United Kingdom, who achieved that feat in 2002. Lup Fun Yau, also of the United Kingdom, tied that record in 2007.
 
If your preference is more powdery, you'll have to match a record set by Shamus Petherick, The Australian man downed six powdered doughnuts in three minutes in 2010. 

Now we know how we'll be celebrating National Doughnut Day. By cramming a vast quantity of doughnuts, bismarks and cruller into our traps.

Are you with us?

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