7 Fun Facts About Mothers
We’ve rummaged through the far corners of the internet to collect these fun Mummy Facts.
1. Mum's the Word
Did you know that in the vast majority of the world’s languages, the word for ‘mother’ begins with the letter M?
Bosnian: Majka. Brazilian Portuguese: Mãe. Czech: Matka. Danish: Mor. Dutch: Moeder or Moer. French: Mère or Maman. German: Mutter. Greek: Màna. Italian: Madre or Mamma. Norwegian: Mor. Polish: Matka or Mama. Russian: Mat’. Spanish: Madre or Mamá or Mami. Swahili: Mama or Mzazi or Mzaa. Swedish: Mamma or Mor.
How do you say Mum in your house?
2. How many kids!?
Mrs Vassilyev of Russia set the world record for the most children birthed by a single woman, giving birth to 69 children between 1725 and 1765! 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets!! A total of 27 pregnancies. She lived to the age of 76.
3. Who was the first Mother?
Gaia, or Mother Earth, was the first goddess in Greek mythology. She created herself out of primordial chaos and then she created Earth and the universe. Mother of all mothers!
4. Baby Elephant Walk
Mother elephants give birth to the largest babies on Earth. After enduring 22 months of pregnancy, they give birth to a blind, 90 kg calf. Ouch!
5. Mums Everywhere
There are more than 2 billion Mums on the planet. This means that almost 30% of the world’s population – which is currently hovering around 7.5 billion people – is currently a mother. Mamma Mia!
6. Attachment Parenting
A mother orangutan never puts her baby down and typically nurses them for 6 or 7 years. After humans the orangutan has the longest childhood dependence on mother of any animal in the world. Awww!
7. Mum’s Favourite Flower
What is your mum’s favourite flower? Interflora Australia lists the following as their top 5 most popular blooms for mums: Roses, Orchids, Tulips, Lilies and Gerberas. What's your favourite?