June 5, 2020 – National Moonshine Day | National Doughnut Day

Transcript for June 5th

Welcome to June 5th, 2020 on the National Day Calendar.  Today we celebrate the foods we love that break all the rules.  More after the break from Anna Devere.

During the 1920s, alcohol was illegal thanks to Prohibition. In big cities up North like New York and Chicago, gangsters smuggled in booze from other countries. But in the South crafty folks distilled their own alcohol, known as moonshine. When the product was ready, moonshiners would drive it into town in cars with souped up engines designed to outrun the cops. And when Prohibition ended, those really fast cars competed in races, that evolved into what we know as…NASCAR. On National Moonshine Day raise a legal glass to fast cars and potent potables, just don’t plan on mixing the two.

Doughnuts aren’t illegal—they’re awesome. And perfect for breakfast. Okay, maybe it’s not a very healthy breakfast, but it goes so well with a cup of coffee that it’s hard to find any reason not to celebrate them. Back in 1917 our United States infantrymen even cooked them up in their helmets.  And the Salvation Army Lassies brought them all the way to the front lines to give the guys some comfort from home.  We love doughnuts, you love doughnuts, Homer Simpson loves doughnuts. How many you choose to eat is your responsibility. National Doughnut Day!  Woo Hoo!

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