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Three Random Father’s Day Facts

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According to a new poll, 80% of people agree that Mother’s Day gets more attention than Father’s Day.  But the amount of money people are spending on Dads this year has actually gone up.

Last year the average dad got $94 worth of ties, gadgets, and other stuff he won’t use.  This year it’s expected to be $106.  But people spent an average of over $140 dollars on their moms this year.  Here are three more interesting facts about Father’s Day…

#1.)  It Was First Celebrated Over 100 Years Ago. After Mother’s Day in 1909, a woman in Spokane, Washington named Sonora Smart-Dodd…  who was raised by a single father… decided she wanted to pay tribute to him.

The idea caught on, but it wasn’t recognized as an official U.S. holiday until 1972.

#2.)  Father’s Day Is More Satisfying for Dads Than Mother’s Day Is for Moms. That’s according to the University of Massachusetts.  One reason is that moms expect to be relieved of chores like cooking and cleaning . . . and that doesn’t always happen.

#3.)  Father’s Day Is the Fourth Largest Greeting Card Holiday in the U.S. According to Hallmark, about 90 million cards are exchanged on Father’s day . . . about $749 million worth.

50% of them are bought by children, 15% percent come from wives, and the other 35% come from stepchildren, grandchildren, parents, siblings, nieces, and nephews.

The only holidays when people buy more cards are Mother’s Day, with 141 million…  Valentine’s Day, with 152 million… and Christmas, which blows the rest of them away with an estimated 1.8 BILLION cards sent each year.


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