25 Weird Things That Are Banned in Certain Countries…WTF!?

By | May 13, 2014

Every country has its own laws, and these next ones are no exception. Check out these 25 things that are banned in these countries!

#1. Women Drivers in Saudi Arabia – Although women ARE allowed to drive, they are not given permits to do so.

Women drivers in Saudi Arabia

#2. Western Haircuts in Iran – No spikes, mullets, or ponytails allowed!

Western hair cuts in Iran

#3. Video Games in Greece – This was intended to prevent electronic gambling machines, although the law was written very broadly and led to the arrest of someone playing a video game in an internet cafe.

Video games in Greece

#4. Valentine’s Day in Saudi Arabia – This ban included restrictions on anything and everything red from being sold on Valentine’s Day. This eventually led to a thriving black market on the holiday.

Valentines Day in Saudi Arabia

#5. Time Travel in China – Of course China banned time travel. Due to the “frivolous” treatement of history by TV shows and movies, Chinese censors have been cracking down on time travel in the media.

Time Travel in China

#6. Spanking in Sweden – Illegal in the classroom as well as at home.

Spanking in Sweden

#7. Scrabble in Romania – In the 1980s, President Nicolae Ceausescu banned this game, describing it as “overly intellectual” and a “subversive evil.”

Scarbble in Romania

#8. This sounds crazy, but this was China’s attempt to control the Tibetan Buddhists.

Reincarnation in China

#9. Plastic bags are banned in the following countries: Bangladesh, France, Mexico, & Tanzania

Plastic bags in Bangladesh, France, Mexico, Tanzania

#10. McDonald’s in Bolivia: There is no law stating that there can’t be a McDonald’s, but no citizens ate at the restaurant during its stint in the country. It’s the only Latin American country without the chain.

McDonalds in Bolivia

#11. Mannequins in Iran: Not all mannequins are banned, but the female ones must be demurely dressed in a hijab.

Mannequins in Iran

#12. Ketchup in France: In 2011, France banned the condiment from school cafeteria’s in order to preserve French cuisine.

Ketchup in France

#13. Jasmine Flower in China: The Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia inspired Chinese protestors, the government decided to ban the flower.

Jasmine in China

#14. Haggis in USA: Traditional Scottish haggis are made with sheep’s lung, which is an illegal food product in the United States (and has been for 40 years).

Haggis in USA

#15. Game consoles in China: In 2000, the Chinese government enacted a ban on gaming consoles to prevent the youth from wasting their time and not working.

Games consoles banned in China

#16. Furbies: This wasn’t a nationwide ban, but in 1999, the NSA was afraid the toys could be used to record classified information.

Furbies NSA

#17. Fortified Foods in Denmark: There is a fear in this country of consuming too many vitamins. It has led to the banning of many popular products, such as Ovaltine and certain cereals.

Fortified foods Denmark

#18. Emo Clothing in Russia: The country decided that emo clothing was a “natonal threat to stability” and banned the fashion. They wanted to bring down the high suicide rate among teens.

Emo clothing in Russia

#19. Claire Danes in Manila: Claire Danes once referred to Manila as a city that was weird and smelling of cockroaches, so every film by the actress was removed from the city and the star was denied and future entry.

Claire Danes in Manila

#20. Chewing Gum in Singapore: Since 1992, the import and sale of gum has been illegal in the city in order to keep public places clean.

Chewing gum in Singapore

#21. Cell Phones in Cuba: During Fidel Castro’s reign, only high ranking government officials were allowed to have cell phones.

Cell phones in Cuba

#22. Baby Walkers in Canada: Studies showed that babies who were taught to walk in a walker have delayed motor development. They were then banned in 2004.

Baby walkers in Canada

#23. Baby Names in Denmark: There are 24,000 approved government names that parents can choose from. If they want a different name, they have to apply for permission.

Baby names in Denmark

#24. Avatar in China: They allowed the movie to be released in 3D, even though there weren’t many in the country. The government didn’t agree with the political undertones of the movie.

Avatar in China

#25. Yellow Clothing in Malaysia: In 2011, the government decided that it was illegal to wear yellow, as it was the color of a certain group of activists.

Yellow clothing in Malaysia

If this didn’t make you go WTF, then I don’t know what will! Don’t forget to share 🙂