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51% Of All Newborns In The U.S. Are Boys

Observed every year on May 24, Brother’s Day honors the brothers in our lives.  Whether we have one or many, our brothers hold a special place in our hearts.

  • The bond between brothers is so strong and such a significant part of many people’s lives that it has inspired hundreds of books, films, paintings, poetry, and plays.
  • How many famous brothers can you think of? What about the Brother’s Grimm, famous for their stories? Or the Wright brothers, who pioneered the first airplanes?
  • Liam and Noel Gallagher of Oasis are brothers. Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb made up the Bee Gees. The Jackson 5 were all brothers – can you name any more?
  • According to Jeffrey Kluger, author of The Sibling Effect, men who have sisters are better at talking to women than those who grew up without a sister.
  • According to Jeffrey Kluger, author of The Sibling Effect, after approximately six years, your stepsiblings can become as close to you as biological ones.
  • 51% of all newborns in the U.S. are boys.
  • Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero. – Marc Brown, author and illustrator of children’s books.
  • When brothers agree, no fortress is so strong as their common life. – Antisthenes, Greek philosopher and star pupil of Socrates.
  • Most of us complain that our parents often take sides in arguments and of course they would never confess to this. But, according to research from the University of California, 65 percent of mothers and 70 percent of fathers prefer one sibling over another.
  • According to a study from the University of Leipzig, firstborns are slightly more intelligent than their younger siblings. The researchers conducted an examination on 20,000 people from the UK, US and Germany to see how neurotic, extroverted, conscientious, open and agreeable they were.
  • They found out that personality is not affected by whether you were born first, last or in between. However, science is increasingly showing that your birth order can affect who you are in different ways, for example older siblings are smarter on average.
  • According to a study of 1,000 people by psychologist Richard Wiseman, younger children as compared to their older siblings have an easier time being humorous with others. In fact it is also believed that they are more creative and rebellious than their older siblings.
  • According to Dr. Jonathan Caspi, siblings can be more influential than the parents on who they eventually become. He says: “Sibling relationships are intense relationships involving support, love, competition and conflict. Like it or not, so much of the way we learn to handle relationships, closeness, competition, give support, argue, resolve conflicts and play we learned from our interactions with our siblings.”
  • A study by the University of Sheffield found that the more brothers a man has, the faster his sperm swim and the greater his fertility. As a result, researchers also theorize that families with high fertility are more likely to have boys.
  • Bottom line is brothers truly are trouble: Research from Wichita State University found that deviant behavior by older brothers increased the risk of younger siblings dabbling in risky behavior, from drugs to sex. This did not hold true for sisters.


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