2013-06-15 00:00

The word “Dad” first appeared in writing at the turn of the 15th century although it is probably far older. How it originated is

uncertain, but children in many countries use similar-sounding words for their fathers.

Many scholars believe that it was only in the Neolithic era (that is, between about 10 000 and 4 000 BC) that humans realised that men had a role in

procreation. Before then, it was believed to be a purely female-

engendered phenomenon.

Among primates, it is rare for fathers to take a hands-on role in raising their children. Only humans and a few species of monkeys do so.

By the time a man realises that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong. — Charles Wadsworth

It is much easier to become a father than to be one. — Kent Nerburn

Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope. – Bill Cosby

Father’s Day was first held in Spokane,

Washington, in 1910. It was the idea of Sonora Smart Dodd, whose father was a single parent of six children.

Giant water bugs are the most dedicated fathers in the insect kingdom, carrying their offsprings’ eggs on their wings until they hatch.

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