Fun Fact Friday
7 Fun Facts About Father’s Day
The daughter of an American Civil War veteran, Sonora Smart Dodd led the efforts for fathers to be recognized after hearing a Mother’s Day sermon at her church. Her father had cared for his six children after their mother passed away while giving birth to the sixth child.
The “Fathers’ Day” spelling was used by Dodd on her original petition for the holiday in the United States, but in 1913 the spelling “Father’s Day” was used on the first bill which attempted to establish the holiday, and it continued to be spelled the same way when Ms Dodd was commended by the U.S. Congress in 2008.
In 1972, President Nixon finally signed it into law and Father’s Day became a permanent national holiday in the US.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, one of the fastest growing groups in the United States are stay-at-home dads: they now number 214,000 men.
The necktie is consistently the most popular gift.
Over 87 million cards are sent each year making father’s day the fourth-largest greeting card occasion of the year.
Among seahorses, it’s the male who carries the babies. While mating, the female seahorse deposits 1,500 eggs in the male’s pouch, who carries them until they’re fully developed.