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Randy's Donuts turns 60, but please, no birthday cake

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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Randy's Donuts. Thomas Hawk/flickr Creative Commons

One very large donut has a very big birthday today. Randy's Donuts, the iconic Inglewood pastry shop with a donut on the roof, turns 60 years old today. It was built in the 1950s when eye-catching signs for roadside restaurants were all the rage.

The giant glazed treat on the roof of Randy's has popped up in movies like "Earth Girls are Easy," "Coming to America" and "Iron Man 2." It's been featured in music videos and TV shows, like the History Channel's "Life Without People," which imagines how the world would decay without humans.

For turning 60, Randy's Donuts will throw a party of sorts, but no birthday cake. Co-owner Larry Weintruab says anyone who stops by between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. today will get a free donut. And who doesn't love free donuts? Happy birthday Randy's!

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