Trivia

Hard

Raccoons Were Imported To Japan By?

Sailors
Ocean Debris
Anime Fans
U.S. Soldiers

Answer: Anime Fans

Raccoons are a mammal native to North America best known for their distinct burglar-mask-like facial markings, ringed tails, and habit of raiding trash cans for food (earning them the nickname, in some regions, of “trash pandas”). If you’re a North American reader who is irritated at said trash pandas for messing with, well, your trash, there’s nobody you can really blame—they’ve been in the Americas for tens of thousands of years longer than we have, and they’re a bit of a package deal.

If, on the other hand, you live in Japan, you definitely have somebody you can point your finger at: American author Sterling North. During the early 1960s, Sterling North wrote the award-winning children’s novel Rascal: A Memoir of a Better Era, based on his childhood in Wisconsin, including his adventures raising Rascal, a baby raccoon.

The popular novel, in turn, was adapted into a 1977 Japanese anime series by Nippon Animation entitled Rascal the Raccoon (Araiguma Rasukaru). The series was wildly successful with Rascal, briefly at least, being more popular than other animated icons like Mickey Mouse. As a result of the series, up to 1,500 raccoons were imported into Japan as pets each year. Like most pet fads, however, the majority of those raccoons, either through escape or abandonment, ended up in the wild. Today, some decades later, the invasive raccoon population has spread to all 47 prefectures in Japan, and raccoons are as firmly embedded in the ecosystem of Japan as if they’d been there all along.

Trivia

Hard

In Time Travel Stories, Something That Appears In Multiple Times Is Known As A?

Trivia

Hard

The Largest Terrestrial Biome On Earth Is The?

Trivia

Very Hard

The First Console Role-Playing Game Was?

Trivia

Hard

Which Popular 1980s Children’s Toy Started Off As A Greeting Card Character?

Trivia

Hard

The First Pepper To Break One Million On The Scoville Heat Rating Scale Was The?

Trivia

Hard

Workers In Which Of These Non-Nuclear Industries Are Classified As “Radiation Workers” By The CDC?

Trivia

Hard

Leonard Nimoy Based The Vulcan Salute On A Symbol From Which Cultural Group?

Trivia

Hard

Bottled Water Has An Expiration Date Because Of?

Trivia

Hard

What Popular Pet Was The Result Of Pollution-Oriented Experiments?

Trivia

Hard

The Original Housewarming Gift Was?