trivia and fun about
Mothers' Day, and Moms!
Julia Ward Howe staged an unusual protest for peace in Boston, by
celebrating a special day for mothers. She wanted to call attention to the need
for peace by pointing out mothers who were left alone in the world without their
sons and husbands after the bloody Franco-Prussian War.
Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia who started Mother's Day also filed a lawsuit in an effort to stop the over- commercialization of Mother's Day. She lost her fight. Anna had hoped for a day of reflection and quiet prayer by families, thanking God for all that mothers had done.
Japan's Imperial family trace their ancestry to Omikami Amaterasu, the Mother of the World.
Legend: After the Egyptian goddes Isis’ brother-husband Osiris was slain and dismembered in 13 pieces by their jealous brother Seth, Isis re-assembled Osiris’ body and used it to impregnate herself. She then gave birth to Horus, whom she was forced to hide amongst the reeds lest he be slaughtered by Seth. Horus grew up and defeated Seth, and then became the first ruler of a unified Egypt. Thus Isis earned her stature as the Mother of the pharaohs.
Ancient Egyptians believed that 'Bast' was
the Mother of all cats on Earth, and that cats were sacred animals.
In the Bible, Eve is credited with being the 'Mother of All the Living.'
M- In the vast majority of the world's languages, the word for "mother" begins with the letter M
On Women and Motherhood:
24.8 is the median age of mothers when
they give birth for the first time - meaning one-half are above this age and
one-half are below. The median age has risen nearly three years since 1970.
A woman becomes pregnant most easily at the age of eighteen or nineteen, with little real change until the mid twenties. There is then a slow decline to age thirty-five, a sharper decline to age forty-five and a very rapid decline as the women nears menopause.
The odds of a woman delivering twins is 1-in-33. Her odds of having triplets or other multiple births was approximately 1-in-539.
When the female embryo is only six weeks old, it makes preparations for her motherhood by developing egg cells for future offspring. (When the baby girl is born, each of her ovaries carries about a million egg cells, all that she will ever have).
Oldest Mother: On April 9, 2003, Satyabhama Mahapatra, a 65-year-old retired schoolteacher in India, became the world's oldest mother when she gave birth to a baby boy. Satyabhama and her husband had been married 50 years, but this is their first child. The baby was conceived through artificial insemination using eggs from the woman's 26-year-old niece, Veenarani Mahapatra, and the sperm of Veenarani's husband.
Most Likely Dates to become a Mom;
August is the most popular month in which
to have a baby, with more than 360,000 births taking place that month in 2001.
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 yearly.
Famous Peoples Moms:
Katherine Hepburn's mother was as a
dedicated suffragette and early crusader for birth control.
Elvis Presley and his mother conversed in a strange baby talk that only they could understand.
Many of the sweaters worn by Mr. Rogers on the popular television show, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, were actually knitted by his real mother.