By the Numbers: Family and Fathers

By AFM – June 1, 2013

Ward Cleaver epitomized the perfect dad in the series "Leave it To Beaver" and, while not everyone's dad can fire up the grill, wield a power tool, toss the football in the yard, or dispense appropriate advice (Phil Dunphy does try hard), here are some numbers to reflect on while you get it together—or not—with family this Father's Day (June 16).


Percentage of pro athletes' children who grow up to be pro athletes themselves


Spending in dollars by same-sex parents on new technology per year, more than any other family demographic (traditional, multi-generational, mixed race, blended, single-parent)


Average number of dinner meals with a grilled main dish consumed each year by an American


Official Disney princesses who have two living parents in the film: Aurora, Mulan, Tiana, and Rapunzel—Cinderella and Snow White didn't have fathers; Belle, Pocahontas, Ariel, and Jasmine don't have mothers


Number of marble-sized eggs that the male hardhead catfish carries in his mouth—a process known as mouth brooding—until they hatch, some 60 days


Amount spent in dollars by the average American on Father's Day


Daughters of TV dad Danny Tanner (played by comedian Bob Saget) on the popular sitcom "Full House," which ran from 1987-1995—can you name all three daughters?


Number of NCAA athletes selected in baseball, the sport with the best odds (.4 percent) of going pro, from the 6,700 college seniors each year


Lists of website addresses from a Google search on "how to build a backyard fort"


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