Who Invented Father’s Day?

Father's Day was invented to honor a single father of six—but it didn't catch on right away.
Father's Day was invented to honor a single father of six—but it didn't catch on right away.
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In July 1908—just two months after the first Mother’s Day was celebrated—a West Virginia church organized a memorial event for 362 men who had died in a mining accident earlier that year. Though technically the first public event meant to honor fathers, it didn’t catch on as an annual cause.

That came two years later (and a few thousand miles away), when a Washington resident named Sonora Smart Dodd lobbied the city of Spokane to recognize a day for fathers. Dodd’s father had raised six children after his wife died in childbirth, and Dodd wanted to arrange a citywide celebration of fatherhood on his birthday, June 5, 1910. Officials agreed, but they shifted the date to June 19 to give them more time to prepare.

According to Live Science, Spokane residents spent the first Father’s Day distributing red roses to fathers at a church service and pinning them to their chests to honor their own dads—red for the living, and white for those who had died.

When Did Father's Day Become a National Holiday?

Spokane continued to celebrate Father’s Day each year, and a number of other local Father’s Day events sprang up around the country. As the holiday gained popularity, presidents began to take notice. President Woodrow Wilson endorsed Spokane’s tradition with a telegram in 1916, and President Calvin Coolidge voiced his approval of a state-sanctioned Father’s Day in 1924.

But it would still be another 42 years before the federal government officially recognized the holiday. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued a proclamation stating Father’s Day should be celebrated nationwide on the third Sunday in June, and President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.

There are a few different theories that could explain the decades-long delay. For one, many had spoken out against the commercialization of Mother’s Day (including its founder, Anna Jarvis), and politicians were worried the same thing could happen if they elevated Father’s Day to a national level. Some historians have suggested 20th-century fathers simply weren’t keen on the sentimental nature of the holiday; plus, since they were the primary breadwinners, many would’ve been buying gifts with their own money.

When Is Father's Day 2020?

We continue to celebrate Father’s Day on the third Sunday in June today, and this year’s falls on June 21, 2020. As for what gift to get your dad, we’ll leave that up to you—but here are 10 great ideas.

[h/t Live Science]

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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25 Amazing Facts for International Beer Day


Every year, suds lovers celebrate International Beer Day on August 7—which makes it the pefect day to share any one of these amazing facts about beer.

1. After he won the Nobel Prize, Niels Bohr was given a perpetual supply of beer piped into his house.

2. The Code of Hammurabi decreed that bartenders who watered down beer would be executed.

3. At the Wife Carrying World Championships, first prize is the wife's weight in beer.

4. A cloud near the constellation Aquila contains enough ethyl alcohol to fill 400 trillion trillion pints of beer.

5. Coined in the early 1900s, the word alcoholiday means leisure time spent drinking.

6. The builders of the Great Pyramid of Giza were paid with a daily ration of beer.

7. During WWII, a bear named Wojtek joined the Polish army. He transported ammunition and sometimes drank beer.

8. Fried beer won Most Creative Fried Food at the 2010 Texas State Fair.

9. The top five states for beer consumption per capita: 1. New Hampshire, 2. Montana, 3. Vermont, 4. North Dakota, 5. South Dakota.

10. Germany is home to a beer pipeline. Taps in Veltsin-Arena are connected by a 5km tube of beer.

11. Thomas Jefferson wrote parts of the Declaration of Independence in a Philadelphia tavern.

12. Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty glass.

13. At the end of Prohibition, FDR said, "What America needs now is a drink."

14. Winston Churchill called the concept of Prohibition "an affront to the whole history of mankind."

15. George Washington insisted his continental army be permitted a quart of beer as part of their daily rations.

16. Oktoberfest originally started as a festival celebrating the 1810 marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig.

17. At spas in Europe, you can literally bathe in beer as a physical and mental therapeutic treatment.

18. In the 1990s, the Beer Lovers Party ran candidates in Belarus and Russia.

19. J.K. Rowling invented Quidditch in a pub.

20. Beer helped Joseph Priestley discover oxygen. He noticed gases rising from the big vats of beer at a brewery and asked to do some experiments.

21. A Buddhist temple in the Thai countryside was built with over 1 million recycled beer bottles.

22. The moon has a crater named Beer.

23. Beer soup was a common breakfast in medieval Europe.

24. At the start of Bavarian Beer Week in Germany, an open-air beer fountain dispenses free beer to the public.

25. In the 1980s, a beer-drinking goat was elected mayor of Lajitas, Texas.