Impress Your Dad With These Father’s Day Facts
- It’s estimated that there are 70.1 million fathers in the United States.
- In 2013, 2 million fathers listed themselves as single parents
- There are approximately 1.4 million stay-at-home dads and this number continues to rise
- Americans are expected to spend some $12.7 billion on Father’s Day gifts this year.
- 76 percent of Americans celebrate Father’s Day.
- The world’s oldest “Father’s Day card” is a 4,000-year-old Babylonian tablet that a young boy named Elmesu carved to wish his father a long life and good health.
- Over 87 million cards are sent each year on Father’s Day, making it the 4th most popular day for sending cards.
- The rose is the official flower for Father’s Day. Wearing a red rose signifies a living father, while wearing a white one represents you father being deceased.
- The world’s oldest dad, Ramajit Raghav, fathered his second child at age 96.
- The world’s youngest grandfather is 29-year-old Shem Davies of Bridgend, South Wales.
- Charles Darwin, the “father of evolution” was also a devoted father to his 10 kids (two of whom died in infancy). In a time when childrearing
- was seen as women’s work, he played a central role in educating and raising his children.
- In the underwater world of the seahorse, it’s the male that gets to carry the eggs and birth the babies.
- In 2016 fathers reported spending an average of 8 hours per week on child care – about triple the amount of time they provided in 1965
- The word “Dad” was first recorded in the sixteenth century, but it’s also believed that it originated from a child’s fist word “da-da”.
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