Yes, America has a National Donut Day.

You can get all the jokes and snickers about how a country obsessed with, well, Snickers, massive food portions, and deep fried everything has a full holiday dedicated to donuts out of the way now.



Great, because now I can tell you that National Donut Day - established way back in 1938 - actually comes from very noble origins: it was created to celebrate the Salvation Army workers who supplied free donuts to American troops abroad during World War I.

In celebration of this national "holiday," which occurs the first Friday of every June, we've cooked up five of our favorite donut/doughnut records for your enjoyment.

LONGEST LINE OF DONUTS (pictured at top)

The longest line of donuts (Berliner, in this case) spanned 561.4 m (1,841 ft 10 in) and was achieved by Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin just last month, on April 27. The record attempt took place to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the new building of Friedrichstadt-Palast, Europe’s Show Palace.


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The largest donut mosaic was created using 7,040 donuts at the Lviv Pampykh Festival in Lviv, Ukraine, Jan. 7, 2012. The attempt took place on the Ukrainian Christmas day as part of their Pampukh Festival, created to promote the traditional Ukrainian donuts, called a pampukh, a national symbol of Christmas. After the attempt, all donuts were distributed to the public who had gathered in Market Square, the venue where the mosaic was created.


What you can watch above is Philip Joseph Santoro's record-breaking attempt at jam donut eating, without use of hands AND without being allowed to lick the lips - brutal! He clocked in a time of 11.41 seconds in San Francisco on April 17.


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The largest serving of donuts weighed 667 kg (1,470 lb 7.68 oz) and was prepared by MEGA Alma-Ata Shopping and Entertainment Mall in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The event took place on Nov. 2 last year in celebration of the mall's seventh anniversary.

The group served " baursaks," which are sweetened fluffy dough that may not look like what you'd find at Dunkin' Donuts, but are of the same donut family.


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Wow, if only the last record and this one could've been combined. The largest box of donuts was a Krispy Kreme box weighing 135 kg (297 lb 10 oz), produced by The Kuwait Food Co. Americana in Kuwai City in May 2009.

Filled with 2,700 Krispy Kreme donuts, the enlarged box was an exact replica, even down to the labels. The box measured 5.9 m (19 ft 4 in) long, 4.10 m (13 ft 5 in) wide and 87 cm (2 ft 10 in) deep.

And, because we like you, make sure to check out this list of where you can score free donuts and giveaways across the U.S. on Friday. Happy eating!

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