Year that the idea of Father's Day was conceived by Sonora Dodd, who wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1909
Year that the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father's Day: 1966
Estimated number of fathers in America: 66.3 million
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
Percentage of Americans who agree that buying a home is the best long-term investment a person can make, according to a nationwide Pew Research Center survey: 80
Percentage of renters who said they would prefer to one day buy a home: 81
Source: Pew Research Center's Social and Demographic Trends.
Even in the face of rising gas prices, percentage of Americans who drive to work alone, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 75
Percentage who use public transportation: 5
Percentage of people who use bikes and other means to get to their jobs: 2
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
Percentage of grooms who do the proposing, according to research by the Travel Industry Association of America: 99
Average length of an American engagement: 14 months
Average cost of the diamond engagement ring: $6,348
During the engagement period, estimated collective amount of money spent on furniture: $4 billion
Source: U.S. Travel Association.
Percentage of CFOs who said lacking attention to detail and presenting sloppy work are the co-worker behaviors that annoy them most, according to a survey developed by Accountemps: 41
Percentage of respondents who said gossiping or engaging in office politics are pet peeves: 23
Percentage of consumers who said they like to get as much information as possible about an electronic device before they buy, according to the results of PriceGrabber's mobile shopping survey: 66
Percentage who stated they always shop for the best deal in electronics: 48
Source: Experian Consumer Direct.
Percentage of American households that are planning at least one water-related recreational activity this summer such as swimming, boating and fishing, according to a national survey by the American Red Cross: 78
Percentage of Americans who described their swimming skills as fair, poor or nonexistent, including 3 percent who said they were unable to swim at all: 21
Percentage of adults who are unsure what to do if they are caught in a strong current: 18
Source: American Red Cross.
Percentage of emergency physicians responding to a poll who report that the biggest challenge to cutting costs in emergency medicine is the fear of lawsuits, according to a survey by the American College of Emergency Physicians: 44
Range of estimates on the annual costs of defensive medicine, which includes the ordering of tests out of a fear of being sued: $60 billion to $151 billion
Source: American College of Emergency Physicians.
Percentage of tablet computer owners who said they use their devices while watching television, according to Nielsen's survey of connected device owners: 70
Percentage of smart phone owners who said the same: 68
Percentage of e-book reader owners who said the same: 35
Source: Nielsen Analytics.
Percentage of respondents who plan to buy a Father's Day gift this year, according to the ultimate "Gift Guy'd," based on a poll from Sears, Roebuck and Co.: 99
Percentage of respondents who said "organizing the tool shed" was the top choice of activity for an ideal Father's Day: 43
Percentage who selected "new tools" as the top choice for the perfect Father's Day gift: 50
Source: Sears, Roebuck and Co.
"Every man possesses three characters: that which he exhibits, that which he really has and that which he believes he has." -- Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, novelist and journalist
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