Sunday, April 28, 2013

Mother's Day: Did you know...?

The second Sunday in May is always Mother's Day. This year it is May 14th, but did you know...?

1. The Mother's Day holiday was created by Anna Jarvis in honor of her mother, Ann Jarvis who had recently died. Anna Jarvis' energetic campaigning led to Mother's Day becoming a national holiday in 1914.

2. Anna Jarvis, the Mother of Mother's Day, was herself never a mother.

3. Approximately 122.5 million people in the U.S. call their mothers on Mother's Day.

4. There are approximately 2 billion mothers in the world.

5. The most prolific mother had 69 children: 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets. We don't know her name, only that she was the wife of Feodor Vassilyev, a peasant who lived in Russia in the 18th century.

6. Jenna Cotton gave birth to three children on the same date - October 2. The odds of a family having three children born on the same date in different years are about 7.5 in 1 million.

7. The average age of a women having a baby nowadays in the U.S. is 27.

8. Asian elephants are pregnant for about 22 months!

9. When the baby girl is born, each of her ovaries carries about a million egg cells, all that she will ever have.

10. When a man came to the Muslim Prophet Muhammad and asked "Who among the people is the most worthy of my good treatment?" the Prophet answered, "Your mother."

"Who next," the man asked. "Your mother," came the answer.

"Who after that," asked the man. "Your mother," replied the Prophet.

"Who after that?" "Your father."

Written by Susan Brandt

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