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Do You Know? Father’s Day Origin And Archaeological Finds In Wrexham!

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A Woman Created Father’s Day!

  1. Father’s Day (16th June this year) was founded in Spokane, Washington in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on 19th June 1910. Dodd is credited with starting Father’s Day after hearing a sermon on Mother’s Day.
  2. There are around 1.5 billion fathers worldwide, 66.3 million of whom are in the United States.
  3. Parents of new babies miss out on six months’ worth of sleep in the first two years of their child’s life.
  4. If a mother suffers organ damage during pregnancy, the baby in the womb sends stem cells to repair the damaged organ.
  5. Men may feel the effects of a virus more than women because high levels of testosterone can suppress their immune system.
Father's Day - Pixabay
Father’s Day – Pixabay

“Money Can’t Buy Me Love”

  1. According to studies, the key to happiness is spending your money on experiences rather than possessions.
  2. An experiment in 1998 found that a bright light shone on the backs of human knees can reset the brain’s sleep-wake clock.
  3. Some deaf people use sign language in their sleep.
  4. A snail can sleep for 3 years.
  5. Snails first evolved 500 million years ago. Wild snails live from three to seven years, while those in captivity can
    live up to 25 years.
Snail - Pixabay
Snail – Pixabay

Why Do Clouds Float?

  1. Sleeping on the job is acceptable in Japan, as it’s viewed as exhaustion from working hard.
  2. Late-night dancing was illegal in Japan until 2015.
  3. Japan has more than 50,000 people who are over 100 years old.
  4. A one cubic kilometre cloud with a density of about 0.5g per m3 weighs about 551 tons. However, they still float because the air below is even heavier and denser.
  5. London is one of the driest cities in the UK and it’s not even in the top 10 of the wettest capitals in Europe.
Cloud and rainbow - Pixabay
Cloud and rainbow – Pixabay

And Closer To Home…

  1. British weather is also really mild thanks to the surrounding seas. Temperatures almost never drop below zero and we rarely witness extreme weather events such as hurricanes or severe thunderstorms.
  2. At the start of 2024, approximately 379,444 listed buildings were in England, and 2.5% of these were categorized as Grade I.
  3. Wirral has no fewer than 1,900 listed buildings, 215 churches, 50 towns and villages, 25 conservation areas, 10
    lighthouses, five nature reserves, two watermills, a castle and a fort.
  4. Wrexham is a hotbed of important archaeological finds. Recent major discoveries include a 300-million-year-old fossil forest, the remains of a Bronze Age man (both in Brymbo; the latter at Brymbo Heritage Centre), and a Roman villa in Rossett (believed to be the first of its kind found in North East Wales).
  5. Chester has the only surviving rock-cut Roman Shrine in the country. Called Minerva’s Shrine after the goddess of war, it is situated in Edgar’s field in Handbridge and is designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building.
Speke Hall - Pixabay 500
Speke Hall – Pixabay 500

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