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Everyone has a mother!

Cary Grant

Cary Grant

(1904–1986)

After watching Cary on a television broadcast, his mother, then in her nineties, reprimanded him for letting his hair get so gray. “It doesn’t bother me,” he replied carelessly.

“Maybe not,” said his mother sternly, “but it...

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hippo

Hippos

A hippo can walk for about six minutes underwater without coming up for air.
Hippopotamus Factoids

Cocoa has some good ideas
Whistler's Mother

Whistler’s Mother

  • The painting popularly known as “Whistler’s Mother” (1871) was never called that by the artist, James McNeill Whistler.
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Luv U Mom

Mothers

“My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.” ~Mark Twain
Quotes about Mothers

smiling baby

Childbirth

An expectant mother will get about 135 labor pains with her first baby.
Childbirth Factoids

flowers

A Friar’s Tale

A number of friars were behind on their belfry payments, so they opened up a small florist shop to raise the funds. Since everyone liked to buy flowers from the men of God, the rival florist across town thought that the competition was...

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James Whistler

James Whistler

(1834–1903)

A snobbish Bostonian approached Whistler at a party one evening. “And where were you born, Mr. Whistler?” she asked. “Lowell, Massachusetts,” replied the painter. “Whatever possessed you to be born in a place...
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Mosts

“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother,.” so said Theodore M. Hesburgh of Notre Dame
Quotes about “Mosts”

Sisters

“Together we look like our mother. Her same eyes, her same mouth, open in surprise to see, at last, her long-cherished wish.”
Sisters Quotes

Bottlenose dolphin

Dolphins

A baby bottlenose dolphin can whistle the day it’s born.
Dolphin Factoids

Carson McCullers

Carson McCullers

(1917–1967)

Carson McCuller’s mother was on a bus en route to visit her daughter in New York when she fell into conversation with a lady of aristocratic mien who said she was fond of reading. The proud mother immediately began a lengthy monologue on...

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Mom and Dad

Mom & Dad Q&A

Father: Don’t you think our son gets his brains from me?

Mother: Probably, dear. I still have all of mine.

A Mother’s Love

Hooray for spring

Did you know...

The face of the Statue of Liberty was modeled on the face of Charlotte Bartholdi, the mother of designer Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi.

Did you know...

Spider monkeys are dependent on their mothers for about ten weeks after birth.

Lucy with ball...let's play!

It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature

“Nature is our mother.”

~Anonymous

The Best Teacher

“The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.”

~Henry Ward Beecher
King Solomon

Solomon

(c. 973–c. 933 BC)

Two prostitutes living alone in the same house had babies within three days of each other. One baby died, and its mother stole the other while the mother slept, substituting the corpse of her own baby. Although the other woman noticed...

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the mouse

The Mouse

A fellow received a mouse for his birthday and he loved it so much that he never parted with it. He took this mouse everywhere, to work, to parties, to the opera....

One day, a good friend of his died and so he went to pay his...

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Sea Lion

Seals & Sea Lions

The richest milk is said to come from the mother seal.
Seals & Sea Lions Factoids

baby rabbit

Rabbits & Hares

A mother rabbit tells whether a baby is hers by sniffing it.
Rabbits & Hares Factoids

Famous last words

  • Gee...I wonder where the mother bear is?
  • Watch this!
  • I’ll hold it. You light the fuse.
  • Don’t worry, I’ve done this a million times.
  • These are the good kind of mushrooms....
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baby footprints

Birth

“There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.”
More quotes about birth

tracks in the baby tears
Thanks, Mom