Sunday, April 1, 2012

Jelly donuts and the deep meaning behind them

I call this post an "Irish Entrance." According to Mindy Kaling (I got her book as a Christmas present; my family knows me so well), an Irish Exit is when you leave a party without anybody noticing. Well, this post is an Irish Entrance because hopefully I'm entering the blogsphere without anybody noticing I was gone... so imagine me slyly opening the door to the Internet and sneaking in all super spy like.

Besides entering all Irish-y, I'm going to dedicate this post to donuts. Donuts are just so taken for granted and I really wish that people gave them the respect they deserve. 

But jelly donuts in particular have paid an important role in history. Okay, make that an extremely minor role in history but whatever I feel like sharing the one cool tidbit of history I know. Here it comes. History time. Rock and roll.

So, in 1963, JFK paid a visit to West Berlin to give this speech that was supposed to give the West Berliners hope (because they were pretty much stranded in Soviet-controlled East Germany) about freedom and stuff. And it was a terrific speech, EXCEPT, the President made a wee error.

He said:
Ich bin ein Berliner!
Which, in the cray cray world of the German language, means that JFK said, instead of saying "I am a person from Berlin," he said "I am a jelly donut."

However, this is highly disputed because although a "Berliner" is the name of a type of donut in  Germany, most linguists believe that the Berliners got the message JFK was going for.

Even so, it puts a smile on my face to think that a President almost called himself a jelly donut.
What do you think? What type of donut is your favorite? What interesting tidbits of history do you know?

11 comments:

  1. Oh hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii! I have been really wanting to read Mindy Kaling's book. I must get a copy. And I love jelly donuts.

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  2. Hehe, I ca't believe he said that! LOL! I'm so glad your back :) And I <3 Jelly donuts!

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  3. This post made me really want doughnuts...
    I once crashed a chemistry class because I could smell doughnuts from down the corridor. Turned out they'd been making them. IN THE NAME OF SCIENCE. Reasons I should have taken chemistry...
    Oh and uh, I made up the bourbon ball thing :P it's just chocolate biscuits and butter icing. But they were nummy.

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  4. I now want doughnuts. I like the apple ones, where its just like an apple pie. Oh the powdered sugar, the cinnamon. *groans*

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  5. That is AWESOME! Best Freudian slip ever.
    Personally, though, I can't stand jelly doughnuts, they're gross. My favourite is chocolate glazed, personally. And not much else.
    I'm currently taking a university level history course, so most of the tidbits I know are about how much the French people totally failed at having a revolution, and how they like the name Louis wayyyyy too much.

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  6. STOP DISAPPEARING. STOP IT. It is worrying.

    I hate jelly donuts (in Britain we call 'em jam doughnuts :L) but every time i hear that story i laugh because...mfft...JFK IS A JAM DOUGHNUT!!! AHHHAAAHAHAAA!! HAAHA!! Ha! Heh, heh! Hm.

    I'm not really enjoying Uglies :/ I find it quite boring. But i think i'll read it anyways (:

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  7. Haha! That's got to be the best slip-up ever made. ;D

    I love jam doughnuts but I prefer custard ones. :P I want a doughnut now...

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  10. a jelly doughnut sounds so much cuter than jam doughtnut, i think its cute he called him self a jelly doughnut :3

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