Happy National Doughnut Day 2014, What Will You Celebrate With?

Today is a day that the doughnuts dread -- because today is National Doughnut Day, which means that people can devour as many of the delicious bakery goods as they can muster without feeling guilty about it.

There are probably some of you out there who are slightly befuddled by the revelation that November 5 is National Doughnut Day. That's because it was actually celebrated earlier on in the year too. Back on June 7, to be precise. But the popularity of the doughnut means that it must be celebrated on two occasions throughout the year. And no one is arguing.

NationalDayCalendar.com have provided a few facts regarding the doughnut's origins that should help you celebrate this momentous day in the right fashion.

" There is one theory that suggests they were invented in North America by Dutch settlers who were responsible for popularizing other American desserts including cookies, apple pie, cream pie and cobbler."

"An American, Hanson Gregory, claimed to have invented the ring shaped doughnut in 1847 while on board a lime-trading ship at the age of 16. He claimed to have punched a hole in the center of dough with the ship's tin pepper box and later taught the technique to his mother."

"Anthropologist Paul R. Mullins states that the first cookbook mentioning doughnuts was an 1803 English volume which included doughnuts in an appendix of American recipes."

Surely you will become the envy of all of your friends when you share this information with them.

The Salvation Army were the geniuses who created June's National Doughnut Day back in 1938. This was organised to honor the women who had served the delicacies to soldiers back in World War I, while it was also orchestrated as fund raiser for Chicago's branch.

Unfortunately, there isn't actually any information for how November's National Doughnut Day come to fruition, though. That hasn't stopped doughnut lovers going out in their droves to celebrate it though. You can check out images of doughnuts in all of their glory below.

Now what are you waiting for? Get out there and eat one yourself. You know you want to.

[Image via Fornaught]