13 Things You Didn’t Know About Father’s Day
This Father’s Day, why not surprise Dad with a gift you know he’ll love: spending some quality time chatting and sharing these 13 fun facts.
It’s Always Played Second Fiddle
From its inception, Father’s Day has played second fiddle to Mother’s Day. Spokane, Wash., resident Sonora Dodd conceived of the holiday in the early 1900s, but the event was made official by President Richard Nixon in 1972, 58 years after its maternal equivalent.
Google Has Always Loved it
Google has showcased Father’s Day-themed doodles on its main page since 2000. Three starred Dad sleeping in a hammock; four featured ties.
Fathers in Canada
8.6 million – Thats the total number of fathers in Canada (including biological, adoptive and step fathers), according to Stats Canada.
If All Else Fails, Think Golf
He Just Wants to Spend Time With You
A 2010 poll showed that 80 per cent of Canadian fathers simply wanted “quality time with their families” for Father’s Day. A similar American poll also outlined the gifts fathers wanted absolutely no part in: ties, “World’s Best Dad” tees, mugs, dress shirts, and homemade crafts.
Not Everyone Wants to Make Dad Proud
Sir John A. Macdonald may have fathered Canada, but his relationship with his own son, Hugh John, wasn’t particularly rosy. Knowing that his father frowned upon military life and wanted him to pursue law, H.J. made sure to enlist in every skirmish and rebellion to strike the young Dominion.
Leave it to Beaver
Canada’s national symbol, the beaver, 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.
He Likes Baked Goods, Too
If you’re looking for a macho take on baked goods for Father’s Day, try Geoff Hamilton and Jeremy Wong’s ManCakes. Their Vancouver company serves up cupcakes flavoured with everything from whisky to chili to bacon.
Germany Celebrates Their Own Way
Männertag, celebrated 40 days after Easter, is Germany’s twist on Father’s Day. Instead of breakfast in bed, in some parts of the country, men pile wagons high with beer and set off on long, boozy jaunts through town.
Dad Stays at Home More Than Ever
The number of Canadian stay-at-home dads has tripled in the last 25 years. Today, 12 per cent of the country’s two-parent families see Dad changing the diapers and Mom at work.
Women Spend More Than Men
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.