By the numbers
Tuesday, June 01, 2004
Honoring dad American fathers get their due :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
Father's Day is June 20. Let him sleep in. Then breakfast in bed should do. And look at these nice presents. And who is that mowing the lawn for him this week? This is being written by a father.
34 Fewer dollars spent per family on Father's Day than on Mother's Day.
4,460,000 Fewer Google hits for Father's Day than for Mother's Day.
54,000,000 Fewer Father's Day cards than Mother's Day cards given each year.
144,000,000 Number of Mother's Day cards given each year.
90 Number of official Mother's Days there have been in the United States so far.
38 Number of official Father's Days there have been in the United States so far.
4,000 Years since a Babylonian youth named Elmesu carved the first Father's Day card in clay, wishing his father a long and healthy life.
7.6 Percent of Americans who say their fathers remind them of Fred Flintstone. 60,100,000 Number of fathers in the United States.
105,000 Number of "stay-at-home" fathers in the United States.
55 Number of Founding Fathers at the United States Constitutional Convention.
11,000 Number of men's clothing stores in the United States at which ties can be purchased.
9 Percent of fathers who suffer some form of postnatal depression, according to the British Journal of Psychiatry.
Zay N. Smith