If you’ve come to Coffee Break today looking for my weekly movie review…surprise! No review today. That’s because the big movie opening this weekend is “Killers”, and the folks in charge at Lionsgate have decided not to allow advance screenings for critics. They would prefer to let the audience decide if they like the movie and then let the word spread on Twitter and Facebook. Imagine that!
“We want to capitalize on the revolution in social media by letting audiences and critics define this film concurrently,” Lionsgate said in a statement late Wednesday. “In today’s socially connected marketplace, we all have the ability to share feedback instantly around the world. In keeping with this spirit, Lionsgate and the filmmakers want to give the opportunity to moviegoing audiences and critics alike to see `Killers’ simultaneously, and share their thoughts in the medium of their choosing. We felt that this sense of immediacy could be a real asset in the marketing of `Killers.'” ~Huffington Post
So come back Saturday for my review of “Killers”.
In the meantime, let’s celebrate…
National Doughnut Day!
Really, could it get any better than this? A day where it’s A-OK to give in to our usually well controlled and well concealed doughnut cravings? No need to slunk into your favorite doughnut shop today, hidden behind dark glasses and a cap. You can even forgo the quick scan around the store for signs of familiar faces. Yes friends, today you can walk right up to that counter, head held high, proud to be a doughnut lover!
And guess what! It gets even better. You could get your doughnut for free! Yep, that’s right! For FREE!
Krispy Kreme: All customers receive a free doughnut. No purchase necessary.
Dunkin’ Donuts: Free doughnut with the purchase of a beverage.
LaMar’s: All customers receive a free Ray’s Original Glazed doughnut. No purchase necessary.
Shipley Do-Nuts: Free glazed doughnut with purchase until noon.
- Also check out your local mom-and-pop doughnut shops for their specials deals.
Now for those of you who just don’t feel complete without a bit of trivia to fill up the empty spaces in your brain…I give you the origins of the Doughnut.
Dutch immigrants are often credited with creating the first American doughnuts, called “olykoeks” (oily cakes). An 1803 English book included a recipe for doughnuts in a section on American recipes. By the 1920s, machines had been invented to mass-produce doughnuts. The Chicago World’s Fair in 1934 declared the doughnut “the food hit of the Century Of Progress,” according to Mr. Breakfast’s definitive history of the doughnut.
Also, what National Doughnut Day story would be complete without a bit of doughnut/donut Wikipedia etymology?
The earliest known recorded usage of the term dates an 1808 short story describing a spread of “fire-cakes and dough-nuts.” Washington Irving‘s reference to “doughnuts” in 1809 in his History of New York is more commonly cited as the first written recording of the term. Irving described “balls of sweetened dough, fried in hog’s fat, and called doughnuts, or olykoeks.” These “nuts” of fried dough might now be called doughnut holes. Doughnut is the more traditional spelling, and still dominates outside the US. At present, doughnut and the shortened form donut are both pervasive in American English. The first known printed use of donut was in Peck’s Bad Boy and his Pa by George W. Peck, published in 1900, in which a character is quoted as saying, “Pa said he guessed he hadn’t got much appetite, and he would just drink a cup of coffee and eat a donut.” The donut spelling also showed up in a Los Angeles Times article dated August 10, 1929 in which Bailey Millard jokingly complains about the decline of spelling, and that he “can’t swallow the ‘wel-dun donut’ nor the ever so ‘gud bred’. The interchangeability of the two spellings can be found in a series of “National Donut Week” articles in The New York Times that covered the 1939 World’s Fair. In four articles beginning October 9, two mention the donut spelling. Dunkin’ Donuts, which was founded in 1948 under the name Open Kettle (Quincy, Massachusetts), is the oldest surviving company to use the donut variation, but the defunct Mayflower Donut Corporation is the first company to use that spelling, prior to World War II.
As for me, I think I’ll pick up my free Krispy/Crispy Kreme/Creme glazed doughnut/donut and head on over the the theater/theatre to see “Killers/Killerz” with the rest of the world. Not that I would dream of sneaking a doughnut into the theater…or a diet coke either. Heehee…
Enjoy your Coffee Break (with doughnut preferably)
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