The first National Donut Day was celebrated in 1938 when the Salvation Army's Women's Auxiliary honored the donut industry by serving donuts to World War I veterans.
The term "donut" was originally spelled as "doughnut" and can be traced back to the early 19th century.
The Guinness World Record for the most donuts eaten in just one minute is held by competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi, who devoured 14 donuts in 2002.
The donut industry in the United States alone generates over $3.6 billion in annual revenue.
The world's most expensive donut was created by an artist named Stefano Giovanonni. It was adorned with 24-karat gold leaf, edible diamonds, and sold for a whopping $1,685.
The city of Cambria, California, holds an annual donut-eating contest on National Donut Day. The record for the most donuts eaten in eight minutes is a staggering 54.
National Donut Day is not just celebrated in the United States. Countries such as Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom also have their own versions of this tasty holiday.
The record for the tallest donut stack was set in Sydney, Australia, in 2012. It reached a height of 31.9 feet, beating the previous record by over 3 feet.
Donuts have made their way into space! In 2018, a donut-shaped satellite named "Astro Doughnut" was launched into orbit to study atmospheric re-entry.
Donuts were once used as a form of currency during World War I. American soldiers would trade donuts for goods or services.
The most popular donut flavor in America is glazed, followed closely by chocolate and jelly-filled.
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