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We all keep stuff without a good reason. I have a T-shirt that I got from a bowling alley 30 years ago. I wear it once a year. I will

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We all keep stuff without a good reason. I have a T-shirt that I got from a bowling alley 30 years ago. I wear it once a year. I will

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We all keep stuff without a good reason. I have a T-shirt that I got from a bowling alley 30 years ago. I wear it once a year. I will

There’s a 40-Year-Old Doughnut at UNC-Greensboro

We all keep stuff without a good reason. I have a T-shirt that I got from a bowling alley 30 years ago. I wear it once a year. I will never throw it out.

So yes, I can understand why the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is hanging on to a 40-year-old doughnut. The story goes that a single Dunkin’ doughnut was left over after a library staff meeting in 1980. A few days later, someone hung the doughnut on a radio antenna to fix the reception, and it supposedly worked. Eventually, the radio got tossed but the doughnut got kept, and 10 years later, a Jackson Library staff member placed it in a black velvet-lined display case. It’s been in the library basement ever since.

But why? No one knows! Whatever the case, for now, the doughnut stays, the mystery remains, and there’s one question that nobody seems brave enough to answer: What’s it taste like?

This story was published on Dec 29, 2020

Jeremy Markovich

Jeremy Markovich

Jeremy Markovich is a writer and the host of Our State's podcast, Away Message. He lives in Oak Ridge.