11 Facts to Know This Father’s Day

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The average American eats nearly 100 pounds of chicken each year.

Spartan soldiers reportedly wore only cloaks to protect themselves from bad weather—no coats for them! They were almost always barefooted too.

The first Father’s Day was celebrated just a century ago (June, 1910) in Spokane, Washington. The first official “celebrant” was a Civil War veteran. President Nixon made it a permanent national holiday in 1972.

The longest beach in the U.S. is the coast of Alaska.

Don Messick, who is the voice of Papa Smurf, is also the behind-the-scenes guy you hear voicing Boo-Boo Bear, Ranger Smith, Scooby Doo, Astro, Hampton J. Pig and Droopy.

A good sedimentologist can determine where mountain ranges used to be solely based on an outcropping of sandstone.

The best guess of the number of grains of sand in the world is seven quintillion, five hundred quadrillion. Needless to say, there’s no definitive proof of that.

Scofflaw Alert: In Galveston, Texas, it’s illegal to let your camel run loose on the beach.

If you spent one night in each of the rooms in Disney World in Florida, it would take you the rest of your life. Even then, there’s a chance you wouldn’t get to them all.

The line left in the air behind a departing plane is made of water vapor. A long, wide trail could mean a storm’s coming; shorter or quickly-disappearing trails mean fair weather.

Ooh lÀ lÀ: almost half of the states in the U.S. have nude beaches.