Trivia

Hard

In Which Country Are The Majority Of Adoptees Adults At The Time Of Adoption?

Russia
Botswana
Japan
Chile

Answer: Japan

Japan has one of the highest adoption rates in the world with over 81,000 adoptions per year. While that alone would be of interest and worth a trivia bite for you to mull over, what makes the entire thing even more curious is that the majority of these adoptions, over 90 percent of them, are adult adoptions: specifically the adoption of men ages 20-30 years old.

Why would you adopt a grown man? It’s a cultural practice known as Yōshi-engumi (adoption of an heir) wherein a man or a family adopts an adult male as a way of bringing him into the family with both legal and cultural standing. The most common form of this adoption is when a family adopts the husband of their daughter to create a male heir in the family while still protecting their daughter and her inheritance.

Less common, although still of interest, is the practice of adoption standing in for same-sex marriage because there is no other legal recourse in Japan for same-sex couples. The elder of the pair adopts the younger of the pair and as such they can extend legal protections to each other (like inheritance without excessive taxation) without penalty.

Trivia

Very Hard

In The Early 20th Century What Heavily Polluting Substance Was Used For Mosquito Control?

Trivia

Hard

The Distinct Style Of Artwork Used In Batman: The Animated Series Is Known As?

Trivia

Hard

The Largest Manta Ray Sanctuary In The World Is Located In?

Trivia

Easy

Sunsets Over The Ocean Will Rarely, But Curiously, Produce A Flash Of?

Trivia

Easy

Early 2D Video Game Characters Were Known As What?

Trivia

Very Hard

The Last Surviving Member Of A Species Is Known As?

Trivia

Hard

The “COCOM Limit” Is A GPS Security Regulation That Affects Recreational?

Trivia

Easy

Which Snack Food’s Shape Was Modeled Using Super Computers?

Trivia

Hard

Which Of These Paintings Was Almost Entirely Unknown Before A High Profile Art Theft?

Trivia

Easy

The First Use Of The Term “Cooties” In English Was To Refer To?