QUESTION: Three of 10 divorces in this European country were said to be the product of men exhibiting "unusually close attachment" to their mothers.
In 2006, the Guardian reported on a poll that suggested three out of 10 marriages in Italy failed due to the unusually close attachment some Italian men had to their their mothers. "In Italy there still exists a sort of mother love that is excessive," psychologist Dr. Annamaria Cassanese told the paper. "For example, you will see mothers crying at the weddings of their sons, but they are not crying for joy, they are crying because they feel devastated."
QUESTION: What Asian country's post office offered newlyweds a chance to write love letters to each other that would be sent seven years later, as a way counter the rising divorce rate?
In 2011, the BBC reported that China's state-run post-office had begun offering couples a service where love letters they wrote to each other at the time would be sent seven years into their marriages. With the country's divorce rate on the rise, the thought was that the love notes would stave off splits, reminding potentially divorcing couples why they got together in the first place.
QUESTION: When the divorce rate among retirees soared in this country in the 2000s, experts blamed "retired husband syndrome."