Tuesday, December 1, 2009

25 Obscure Facts About or Related to Women, Mothers, and Mothering That You Never Knew You Wanted to Know...

Dear me, it's been a while since last we posted. We need to start putting out else our followers kick us to the curb! To be fair, the Holidays are upon us and threatening to smother the life out of us. 'Tis the season to be jolly... and jolly doesn't come cheap.

On that note, here is some food for thought. My favorite kind of food... the kind that does not require you breaking out your maternity pants if you over-indulge. Feel free to add your own obscure facts.

1. Women have faster blood flow to the brain than men.

2. Women suffer less hearing loss than men.

3. A Pueblo Indian woman divorces her husband by putting his moccasins outside the front door (The moccasins are made for walkin’...)

4. Wearing high heels can make women better in bed by strengthening their pelvic muscles.

5. Mother's Day accounts for more than one-fifth of the floral purchases made for holidays.

6. An AT&T survey estimated that 122.5 million phone calls to Mom are made on Mother's Day.

7. Other Mother's Day findings revealed that 11 percent never call their mothers, and 3 percent of the 68 percent planning to ring Mom up called her collect.

8. The world’s first novel, The Tale of Genji, was published in Japan around A.D. 1000 by female author Murasaki Shikibu

9. The probability of a woman giving birth to a baby girl instead of a baby boy increases significantly the nearer the mother lives to the equator. While the cause of this gender selection is unknown, scientists believe the constant sunlight hours and abundant food supply in tropical regions may favor female births.

10. 67% of women in Kentucky, ages 15 to 44, are mothers. This is among the highest rates in the nation. The national average is 57 percent.

11. August is the most popular month in which to have a baby, with more than 360,000 births taking place that month in 2001.

12. Tuesday is the most popular day of the week in which to have a baby, with an average of more than 12,000 births taking place on Tuesdays during 2001.

13. In 2002, the 55% of American women with infant children were in the workforce, compared to 31% in 1976, and down from 59% in 1998. In 2002, there were 5.4 million stay-at-home mothers in the US.

14. The average woman in America earns seventy-nine cents for every dollar made by the average male.

15. One-third of the families headed by women live below the poverty line.
By the twenty-first century 99% of the people on welfare will be women and dependent children.

16. Of the brighter high school graduates who do not go on to college, 70% to 90% are girls.

17. As more men have entered the field of elementary education in the past twenty-five years, the pay scale in that profession has risen disproportionately.

18. As more women have entered the field of accounting in the past twenty-five years, the pay scale in that profession has remained static.

19. In a recent pole taken by the "New York Times" 62% of working women interviewed agreed with this statement: "Most men are willing to let women get ahead, but only if women do all the housework at home first."

20. Many of the sweaters worn by Mr. Rogers on the popular television show, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, were actually knitted by his real mother.

21. Monkee Mike Nesmith's mother, Bette Nesmith Graham was the inventor of Liquid Paper correction fluid. She sold the rights to the Gillette Corporation in 1979 for $47.5 million and when she died in 1980, she left half of her fortune to her son Michael.

22. Eric Clapton was born to an unwed mother and to shield him from the shame, Eric grew up believing that his grandparents were his parents and his mother was his sister.

23. The name of Snoopy's mother, which is from the Peanuts cartoon strip, is Missy

24. Singer and songwriter, Cheryl Crow, has been known to sing back up for the Counting Crows.

25. Robert Smith of The Cure has been known to play guitar for Siouxsie and the Banshees.

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