Things That You Won’t Believe Are Illegal Around the World
- Governmental restrictions in different countries
- Ridiculous laws
- The Chinese government banned gaming consoles in 2000 to stop the youth from wasting their time and not working
- In Denmark, parents can only choose from 24,000 approved government names when naming their newborn
To cut it short
Here are some of the most absurd things that some governments have decided to ban in different countries around the world:
1. Emo clothes – Russia
Suicide rates among teens have increased at a certain time in Russia, which made the government decide that emo clothing is to blame and it became illegal, just like that.
2. Ketchup – France
France banned school cafeterias from serving ketchup to protect French cuisine. Why are you always so classy France?
3. Cool haircuts – Iran
Once every year, the Iranian government likes to sit down and ban a few clothing items or hairstyles that, according to them, are imitations of the west. There’s an actual catalogue that shows you which haircuts are acceptable and which are not.
4. Dancing – Sweden
Beautiful Sweden bans spontaneous dancing in public because it creates disorder. You have to have a permit if you want people to dance in your bar, club or restaurant!
5. Yellow Clothes – Malaysia
Explanation: yellow is the colour of certain group activists.You could actually get arrested for this one. What a bummer right?
6. Kinder Surprise – America
Yeap, you read that right. The US bans these yummy chocolate eggs because of the “non-nutritive” objects embedded in them.
7. Valentine’s Day – Saudi Arabia
The day of love is illegal in Saudi for religious reasons, but that didn’t stop people from creating a black market for Valentine’s Day products. Those tacky red stuffed animals are there somewhere, you just have to look!
8. Making ugly faces at dogs – Oklahoma, United States
You can actually be fined or go to jail for this one! But how will the police know? And what is an ugly face anyway?
9. Time Travel – China
Don’t worry world, the ban is only in movies and tv shows that have time travel. The Chinese government is apparently fed up with them because they “casually make up myths, and have monstrous and weird plots”.
10. Chewing gum – Singapore
Selling and importing gum is considered illegal in Singapore in order to keep public places clean.