Mother’s Day Spending, Star Wars Trivia and More May Facts

$21.4 billion

That’s how much we spent on mom last Mother’s Day, according to the latest National Retail Foundation report (this year’s May 14 projection was due after we went to print). We specifically splurged the most on jewelry, special outings and flowers. The hottest place to shop? Good old-fashioned department stores.

38.8

This percent of parents bribe kids into helping with spring cleaning with extra screen time on their favorite gadgets, according to poll of 1,100 U.S. parents by family-organizing app Picniic. That beat out treats, cash or simply reasoning with kids about the importance of hard work and responsibility.

7’2″

Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew towered at this real-life height. By contrast, Kenny Baker, who played R2-D2, was 3-feet 8-inches tall. Cue up your best Wookie growls and droid bleeps in honor of Star Wars Day on May 4 – may the fourth be with you!

12 pounds

An 11-year-old girl lost this much weight after traveling thousands of steps per day with her dad on “Poké-walks” in search of the virtual creatures. It was one finding of a recent University of Washington Pokémon GO survey, which also noted that the location-based augmented reality app game fostered parent-child bonding.

818

The number of hot dogs consumed every second from Memorial Day – which is May 29 – to Labor Day at backyard barbecues and celebrations across the country, according to WalletHub. That’s 7 billion hot dogs total. Pass the condiments.

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