Banning things is ok until it makes sense. In many countries, there are some laws which are really bizarre. The authorities have imposed a ban on some strange things. Ban on liquor still has some reason but ban on flip flops!!! Why on earth does someone impose a ban on flip-flops? This is absurd. Let’s look at some stuff which is banned in some countries.
Romania had a weird law in the 80’s. Romanian leader Nicolae Ceausescu put a ban on the game Scrabble. The reason is the leader thought the game was “subversive” and “evil”. But fortunately, the ban is not there anymore. In fact, Romania now has a Scrabble Federation and organises tournaments for players.
Chewing Gum; Singapore
When travelling to Singapore, remember not to bring chewing gums in the country. The original ban was imposed in 1992 when someone used chewing gum to bring the public transportation to a halt. No one is allowed to buy or sell gums inside Singapore and there is a $500 fine for spitting out gum on the streets.
Ever you wondered if you jog in the early morning to stay fit it actually may result in your life imprisonment! In Burundi, President Pierre Nkurunziza banned jogging in 2014 to ban wars. Jogging is considered as an act of war in Burundi. So the President banned morning jog to stop the conflict between Burundi ethnic groups. Also, some opposition members have been jailed for taking part in group jogs.
Flip flops, Italy
In Capri, an island in the Campania region, Italy people are not allowed to wear flip flops. Flip flops and sandals that make loud noises are banned.
Western Things; Iran
The Iranian government imposes a ban on several western things including rap music, western music, skinny jeans, tattoos, pet cats and dogs to control the western influence on Iranian culture. The government also doesn’t spare the western haircuts; ponytails, mullets, spiked hair. Iran’s barber Union banned all these hairstyles as they thought Western hairstyles are a sign of worshipping the evil.
Kinder surprise candy eggs; United States
Kinder Surprises candies are popular in many parts of the world. But these popular candies with a surprise toy inside it are banned in the United States. The reason is concerns about the choking hazard that could be posed by a non-food product entirely encased in food.
Italian metropolis has imposed a ban on frowning in Milan. So if you visit Milan don’t forget to smile, even if you are irritated for some reason never frowning otherwise, you can face a fine. The city says it is a legal requirement to smile always, except during funerals or hospital visits.
The French government banned the ketchup in the French schools as the government thinks teenagers consuming too much ketchup and it masks the flavour of authentic French cuisine except the French fries.
The Chinese authority has banned Jasmine from the mainland China. People are not allowed to sell and grow Jasmine; even they can’t speak about it. After Tunisian Jasmine revolution, China thought Jasmine can destabilise its society which is similar to weaken the China’s democracy.
Ban on death, one of the most bizarre bans in the world. In Spain, there’s a town named Andalusian town of Lanjarόn, there was a certain period of time during which it was illegal to die. The 4,000 residents of the town had to live until the government was capable of buying land to build a new cemetery.
Almost everything; North Korea
This country has many strange rules which are beyond odd. The people of North Korea are not allowed to watching TV, laugh in public, playing music, leave the country, sharing your opinion, wearing blue jeans, driving, believing in religion and the countrymen do not call their country North Korea. It is considered as a crime. You have to call North Korea, Korea; otherwise, prepare yourself to go to jail.
Video Games; Greece
In 2002, the Greek government banned all video games in the country. The government’s intention was to stop illegal gambling which also affect the video games. If you are playing video games even on your home computers you have to face imprisonment.
Claire Danes; The Philippines
The capital of the Philippines, Manila banned all of the Claire Danes movies because of her disrespectful interview after filming a movie in Manila. In the interview, she described the city conditions. She called Manila “ghastly and weird”.
Reincarnation without Government Permission; China
According to a 2007 law in China on the “Management Measures for the Reincarnation of Living Buddhas in Tibetan Buddhism”, the country made it illegal for Buddhist monks to reincarnate without government’s permission.
In 2005, the then-President Saparmurat Niyazov banned lip-synching to protect the “true culture” of the country. Not only this, he had also banned opera, ballet and terming them “unnecessary”.
Time Travel; China
China banned all the movies and books related to time travel. Chinese authorities believed that representation of time travel caused in frivolous depictions of “serious history”.
You can’t find anything offensive in the movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. But the governments of Sweden, Finland and Norway banned the movie as they thought the film portrays “adults as the enemies of children”.
Dancing in Clubs; Japan
Tokyo is famous for its nightlife but dancing in clubs is illegal. In 1948, a law was passed to protect “public morals”. Dancing in public is only acceptable at specially licensed establishments and only until midnight.
Naming a Child; Denmark
In Denmark, parents cannot name their babies as their wish. The authorities impose some rules to naming the babies to keep safe the Danish children from odd names. The parents can choose a name from a list of 24,000 names some for boys and some for girls. If someone wants to name a child of their own they have to get permission from the government officials.
Singing after Sunset, Hawaii
You may prefer Hawaii for your summer holiday but if you like singing at night then this destination is not for you. In Honolulu, Hawaii’s capital this is illegal to sing loudly after sunset.