Trivia

Hard

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

Chile
Botswana
Japan
Russia

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

Hard

The Term “Cliffhanger”, To Refer To A Suspenseful But Unresolved Ending Originated With?

Trivia

Hard

In 2004 The FDA Approved What Ancient Medical Technique?

Trivia

Easy

The Original Tron Movie Features A Tiny Easter Egg Homage To Which Video Game?

Trivia

Easy

The Only Alcohol Recognized By Congress Is?

Trivia

Hard

A Pen Invented By Thomas Edison Is Still In Use Today For What Purpose?

Trivia

Hard

Where Is The Most Remote Geocache Located?

Trivia

Easy

Which U.S. President’s Middle Initial Wasn’t Actually Short For Anything?

Trivia

Hard

Astronomers At The Parkes Telescope Identified What As The Cause Of Mysterious Interference?

Trivia

Hard

The Flattest Country On Earth Is?