Celebrating Father’s Day: 10 Fascinating Dad-Related Facts

In June 16, 2016

Father’s day is almost here, and what better way to celebrate then to learn some interesting facts about father’s day! The history of father’s day started over 100 years ago in 1908. A West Virginia church sponsored a memorial for 362 men that had perished in an explosion at a coal mine. The event was not planned to be recurring, but the following year a woman in Spokane, Washington started to campaign for a all fathers equivalent to mother’s day. She was successful, and by 1916 President Wilson honored the day nationally. It wasn’t until 1924, however, that the day was deemed an official national holiday.

Here are 10 dad related facts:

  1. Minnesota is the best state to be a working dad in – A number of factors were compiled including health conditions, financial well-being, work/life balance and several others. The end result showed that Minnesota is the best place for dads to work and raise a family
  2. Genetically, we are more like our fathers – A study by the University of North Carolina found that when it comes to DNA, while we get the same amount of DNA from both parents, the genetic mutations that make us who we are happen to be more influenced by our father’s DNA.
  3. Another father’s day fun fact is that the amount of time U.S. Fathers spend with their children has nearly tripled since 1965.
  4. While a mother is pregnant, a father’s testosterone levels actually decrease.
  5. There are at least 66 countries that offer paid paternity leave and more than 31 of those countries gives more than 14 weeks of paid paternity leave.
  6. A father’s day fact for kids is that while recognized in multiple countries throughout the world, father’s day is not always on the same day.
  7. A lot of dads – there are over 70 million fathers in the United States alone.
  8. Sympathy pregnancy symptoms aren’t a myth – a study shows that couvade syndrome is real, and dads can experience mood swings, morning sickness and even weight gain as sympathy pregnancy symptoms!
  9. Winnie the Pooh was a father’s creation – Winnie the Pooh and his adventures were a combination of a father’s active imagination, and his son’s favorite toys and zoo animals. The combo brought to life a delightful character that stemmed from a father’s love.
  10. Papa Smurf – Another fun dad fact is that the charming old Patriarch of the Smurfs was voiced by Don Messick. Don was also the voice actor for characters on Scooby-Doo, The Jetsons, and Yogi Bear.

If you’re celebrating father’s day this year, maybe you can incorporate some of these dad related facts into the celebrations. If traveling is included in your father’s day plans, make sure you have all the vital records necessary if you plan to fly overseas.

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