A Father’s Day to Remember

Hi everyone, Father’s Day is almost upon us once again, so todays post is to dedicate… fatherhood, for both those that are here with us and those that can’t be.

Father’s Day is a day to celebrate and honor our fathers by celebrating fatherhood, and the paternal bonds that have been forged. They are the male role models in our life that make a massive impact on our lives, and influence us on our future. There are many countries that celebrate Father’s Day on the third Sunday of June, but it’s also widely celebrated on other days in many other countries.

Father’s Day Facts

  1. Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas. Sonora Smart’s Dad, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there.  The first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910.
  2. Canada’s national symbol, is the beaver, and is one of the few male creatures in the animal kingdom that sticks around after mating to help raise the kids. In rare cases, biologists have even spotted male beavers taking on the role of a single dad.
  3. In spite of the impression you might get from the media, according to the Office of National Statistics, four fifths of children in the UK have a Dad at home – eighty per cent of dependent children live with their father.
  4. Unlike Mother’s Day, Father’s Day was originally met with laughter. It was the target of much satire, parody and derision with a local newspaper complaining that it would lead to mindless promotions such as ‘National Clean Your Desk Day’.
  5. The first American president to support the concept of Father’s day was President Calvin Coolidge, who did so in 1924… but it wasn’t until in the year 1966 that President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation that resulted in the declaration of the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day.
  6. In Australia, Father’s Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of September, which is the first Sunday of Spring in Australia, and is not a public holiday.
  7. The world record for having the most number of children officially recorded is 69 by the first wife of Feodor Vassilyev (1707-1782), a peasant from Moscow. His first wife gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets. Dinnertimes must have been hectic!
  8. More from the Office of National Statistics; in 1971 the average age of a father where the birth occurred inside a married relationship in England and Wales was 27; by 1999 this had increased to 31. These days, fathers are generally three years younger where births occur outside marriage. The average age of the father where the birth occurred outside marriage decreased from 28 to 26 between 1971 and 1991 but had since increased to almost 28 again in 1999.
  9. In Croatia, according to the Roman Catholic tradition, fathers are celebrated on Saint Joseph’s Day on March 19. It is not a public holiday.
  10. According to greetings card makers Hallmark, Father’s Day is the fifth-largest card-sending holiday.
  11. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane to speak in a Father’s Day celebration and wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized.
  12. In Thailand, Father’s Day is set as the birthday of the king. December 5 is the birthday of current king, Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX). Thais celebrate by giving their father or grandfather a Canna flower which is considered to be a masculine flower.
  13. One of the best-know quotes about fathers was from Mark Twain. He said of his Father ‘When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.’
  14. In Germany, Father’s Day is celebrated differently from other parts of the world.  It is always celebrated on Ascension Day (the Thursday forty days after Easter), which is a federal holiday. Regionally, it is also called “Men’s Day,” or gentlemen’s day. It is tradition for groups of males (young and old but usually excluding pre-teenage boys) to do a hiking tour with one or more smaller wagons, pulled by manpower. In the wagons are wine or beer (according to region) and traditional regional food.
  15. Father’s Day was created to complement Mother’s Day, a celebration that honors mothers and motherhood.
  16. In China, Father’s Day is celebrated on on the third Sunday in June now, but it used to be celebrated on 8th August. The reason is a linguistic one; the Chinese for eight is “ba”, while a colloquial word for father is “ba-ba” – therefore the eighth day of the eighth month sounds similar to “papa”.
  17. Going for a floral gift? Traditionally fathers should be given the gift of white or red roses. The rose is the official flower for Father’s Day. Wearing a red rose signifies a living father, while a white one represents deceased father.
  18. Canadian women are more likely than their male counterparts to buy a gift  for Father’s Day, but men are more likely to buy something expensive. The most generous of all are fellows in the Atlantic Provinces, who spend an average of $106.
  19. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.
  20. In Brazil Father’s Day is celebrated 3 months after Mother’s Day, on the second Sunday of August. A publicist Sylvio Bhering in the mid-1950s selected the date in honor of Saint Joachim, patriarch of family (as well as the Catholic day of godfathers).

No matter who you are, you can’t help but love jokes from dad. It doesn’t matter how corny or silly they are, they always seem to make you smile. I incorporated some dad jokes into this weeks blog, hopefully they will give him a laugh.

Now I thought that I would celebrate dads this year by selecting 20 Father’s Day jokes just for them, as it wouldn’t be father’s day without a joke or two.

Q: What do you call cheese that isn’t yours?
A: Nacho cheese!

Dad Wisdom: I wouldn’t buy anything with Velcro, it’s a total rip-off.

Q: What lies at the bottom of the ocean and twitches?
A: A nervous wreck

Q: Why do fathers who golf take an extra pair of socks?
A: In case they get a hole in one

Science teacher: When is the boiling point reached?
Science student: When my father sees my report card!

“While having their evening dinner together, a little girl looked up at her father and asked, “Daddy, you’re the boss in our family, right?” The father was very pleased to hear it and confidently replied, “Yes, my little princess.” The girl then continued, “That’s because mommy put you in charge, right?”

Q: What do you call your dad when he falls through the ice?
A: A Popsicle!

Dad Wisdom: I gave all my dead batteries away today… free of charge.

Dad: How old is your father?
Child: As old as me.
Dad: How it is that possible?
Child: He became a father only when I was born.

Q: What did the buffalo say when his son left?
A: Bison

Q: What did one ocean say to the shore?
A: Nothing. It just waved.

Q: What do you call a boomerang that doesn’t come back?
A: A stick.

My dad used to carry around a frayed knot in his pocket just an old tied up piece of rope. Then any time someone asked him something and the answer was, “no”, he would just pull out the frayed knot and say, “‘afraid not!” and he would burst out laughing. Nobody else thought it was funny.

Q: Why did the scarecrow win an award?
A: Because he was outstanding in his field!

Dad Wisdom: Our wedding was so beautiful, even the cake was in tiers.

Q: Why can’t you hear a pterodactyl going to the bathroom?
A: Because the “p” is silent.

Thankyou for taking the time to read my post. Wishing all you fathers out there, A Happy Fathers Day.

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