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June 2 is National Doughnut (Donut) Day: Here is why it is of Significance to Americans!

America loves its doughnuts. On National Doughnut Day, we bring you ten facts you might not know

June 2 is National Doughnut (Donut) Day, at Donut Street. Pixabay

June 02, 2017: 

If you have a sweet tooth, then today is certainly your day! On this day, the first Friday of June which the Americans celebrate as the National Doughnut (or Donut) Day. It is to celebrate and honor the Salvation Army Lassies.

The origin of this occasion can be traced back to the year 1938 in Chicago when the Army celebrated doughnut day to honor the women who served doughnuts to tired and hungry American soldiers during the World War 1.

The doughnut has been popularized in America. Over 10 billion doughnuts are made in the US each year! The global audience sees it most of the times in pop culture. The police head in The Simpsons has a few doughnuts piled on his gun all the time. It is portrayed as police force’s favorite snack with a coffee.

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Here are ten things you may not know about doughnuts:

  • They were called ‘olykoeks’ when they first came to America. Olykoek is a Dutch word for ‘Oily Cakes’. Crazy right?
  • Did you notice the two different spellings in the title? Well, both are acceptable. Originally spelled doughnuts, the shorter and convenient form ‘donut’ was popularized by the opening of ‘Dunkin Donuts’ in the 20th Century.
American Doughnut. Pixabay


  • There are different stories to the starting of the relationship between a cop and a doughnut. The most common story is that doughnut shops were open till late at night and provided for an accessible snack for the cops on night shifts. Gradually, a reciprocal relationship emerged. Doughnut shops would welcome the police.
  • Doughnuts were declared ‘the hit food of the century of progress’ at a 1933 Chicago world fair.
  • It was Captain Hensen Gregory who claims to have invented the whole in the doughnuts. His mother Elizabeth Gregory made doughnuts that did not have a hole.
  • Red Cross during the World War 2 would provide doughnuts and coffee to American and British soldiers. While it was free for Americans, the British had to pay. This led to a conflict between the soldiers and Red Cross had to ultimately charge everyone.
  • The Vietnamese in 1966 had an argument with Marine Capt. Orson Swindlen regarding the absence of holidays in the US. The marine responded that US has a National Donut Day on November 10. The American soldiers held captive were served doughnuts on November 10. It was actually the Marine’s birth date.
  • The doughnut industry in the US is worth 3.6 billion dollars.
Doughnut and Coffee. Pixabay
  • The first doughnut machine was invented in 1920 by Adolph Levitt who was a Russian-born immigrant in the US.
  • The Guinness World Record for most doughnuts eaten in three minutes without licking lips was by an American Patrick Bertoletti who ate 3 doughnuts.

Money can’t buy happiness, or so it seems today- rush to the places in the US giving away free doughnuts and kick start your weekend with what happiness tastes like!

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  • vedika kakar

    Have any of you tried rainbow or unicorn or galaxy doughnuts???

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Facebook expands job application feature to 40 nations

Businesses can also attract the right applicants and hire quickly. Page admins can create job posts directly from their Page with details like job title, job type, salary and more

Facebook one of the most popular apps in US. Pixabay
Earlier facebook had banned cryptocurrency ads. Pixabay
  • Facebook expands job application feature
  • The platform is now available in more than 40 countries
  • The feature will be a great use for all the job seekers around the world

To help local businesses hire the right people, Facebook has expanded the ability to apply to jobs directly on its platform to more than 40 countries.

Rolled out in the US and Canada in 2017, Facebook’s job application feature is different from Microsoft-owned LinkedIn as it is focused to draw in candidates for small- and medium-size businesses.

Facebook has always been a supporter for small and medium-size businesses.
Facebook has always been a supporter for small and medium-size businesses.

Facebook, however, did not elaborate on which 40 countries were part of this expansion.

“Local businesses strengthen our communities and create more than 60 percent of new jobs. We want to help people find those jobs and help local businesses hire the right people,” Alex Himel, Vice President of Local at Facebook, said in a blog post on Thursday.

In an online poll of 5,000 adults conducted by tech and media company Morning Consult, one in four people in the US said they searched for found a job using Facebook.

Also Read: Facebook announces huge investment to empower community leaders

“Since introducing job postings on Facebook in the US and Canada, we’ve built new features for businesses like the ability to create job posts on mobile, manage applications, and schedule interviews,” Himel said.

Job seekers can also set up job alerts for the type of roles they’re interested in.

You can find jobs in the Jobs dashboard at and the “Jobs” option in the “Explore” section on mobile, by clicking the Jobs icon in Marketplace, or visiting the Jobs tab of a business’ Page.

“When you’re ready to apply for a role, you can create an application, which will populate with job history and other information in your Facebook profile,” the blog post read.

Facebook invests big in this new Program. AFP
Facebook invests big in this new Program. AFP

You can edit your application before you submit it. Once you finish applying, a Messenger conversation will open with the business’ Page so you can have direct contact with the employer and confirm when your information has been received.

According to Facebook, businesses will only be able to see the information you provide them directly, and what’s available publicly on your Facebook profile.

Also Read: Facebook acquires biometric ID verification startup

“To stay on top of the type of job you’re interested in, you can also subscribe to alerts,” Himel said.

Businesses can also attract the right applicants and hire quickly. Page admins can create job posts directly from their Page with details like job title, job type (full-time, intern, part-time), salary and more

“Job posts will appear in multiple places on Facebook, including on a business’ Page, in the Jobs dashboard, in Marketplace, and in News Feed,” the company said.

Since 2011, Facebook has invested more than $1 billion to help local businesses grow and help people find jobs. IANS