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National Doughnut Day: Who has the free doughnuts? (+video)

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Some national holidays hold annual traditions for quiet reflection and gratitude among friends and family. Other holidays celebrate mindless consumerism, and capitalize on our desire for all things free: June 7 is National Doughnut Day! Can you believe it's already been a year?

Despite the maturity and poise each new year brings, we can't help feeling a certain exuberant delight that comes with the first Friday in June.

National Doughnut Day 2013 

So here are the deals:

Dunkin Donuts is offering a free doughnut with the purchase of any beverage.

Krispy Kreme, in classic corporate undercutting fashion, is offering a free doughnut, no purchase necessary.

If you haven't fled your computer to get to your nearest doughnut shop, have you ever wondered why doughnuts have holes in them? Anecdotal evidence relating to the creation of the doughnut's now-famous shape points to one Capt. Hanson Gregory, a Maine native.

By all accounts, Captain Gregory was a salty old salt with a nose for innovation and a hankering for fried dough on the stormy seas. Cutting a hole in the center of the traditionally whole dough meant the tasty cakes would be evenly cooked, more easily dunk-able, and (as one legend has it) would fit on the spokes of his ship’s wheel.

Some people say that each year, on National Doughnut Day's Eve, Captain Gregory visits the cubicles of good office workers and puts doughnuts in their loafers. (OK, we made that up. But we wish it were true.)

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