‘Jeopardy!’ Celebrates National Donut Day with the ‘Correct’ Way To Dunk a Donut

by Jennifer Shea
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Apparently, there is a right way and a wrong way to dunk a donut. But fortunately for “Jeopardy!” fans, the game show is on it.

On National Donut Day, “Jeopardy!” unleashed a bit of donut trivia on its 313,900 Twitter followers. The game show revealed that in 1941, the National Dunking Association said the right way to dunk a donut is to hold it between the thumb and forefinger, keeping the other fingers held together parallel to the forefinger.

“Happy #NationalDonutDay!” @Jeopardy tweeted. “Here’s how to dunk your doughnut the ‘correct’ way.”

National Donut Day Began As a Fundraiser

National Donut Day takes place on the first Friday of every June. It started in Chicago in 1938. The Salvation Army created the holiday to recognize the “donut lassies” or “donut girls” who served the fried dough to soldiers in the trenches during World War I.

The holiday was also originally a fundraiser for social services during the Great Depression, per NJ.com. Indeed, the Salvation Army still serves donuts to people in need during crises to this day.

Meanwhile, on this National Donut Day, the dessert is available to everyone for free at select donut stores. For example, Krispy Kreme is handing out free donuts Friday. Vaccinated patrons with proof of the shots can get two free donuts.

Duck Donuts is offering free plain, cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar donuts at all its locations. And Dunkin’ is giving out free classic donuts with the purchase of any beverage on Friday.

Other deals on donuts – including a year’s supply of Entenmann’s donuts to one lucky contest winner – are available on Friday and beyond, according to USA Today.

‘Jeopardy!’ Fans Revolt Over Contestants’ Ignorance of U.S. History

Earlier this week, “Jeopardy!” contestants faced a fan backlash over their stumped silence on an easy American history question. Guest host Mayim Bialik read the clue during Tuesday’s episode.

The clue was: “‘Government of the people, by the people, for the people’ is from the end of this brief but powerful speech.”

None of the contestants got it. The answer is Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

“Worst showing ever. None of these 3 deserved to win tonight,” one fan commented.

“This isn’t Elementary Jeopardy, folks,” another snarked, while yet another shared that the contestants’ failure to answer made them “sad.”

Fortunately for “Jeopardy!,” fans seemed to have forgotten the episode by Thursday, when they suddenly became enthralled by a contestant’s quirky facial expressions and offbeat personality. When it comes to “Jeopardy!,” there’s never a dull moment.