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.
#2. Western Haircuts in Iran – No spikes, mullets, or ponytails allowed!
#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.
#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.
#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.
#6. Spanking in Sweden – Illegal in the classroom as well as at home.
#7. Scrabble in Romania – In the 1980s, President Nicolae Ceausescu banned this game, describing it as “overly intellectual” and a “subversive evil.”
#8. This sounds crazy, but this was China’s attempt to control the Tibetan Buddhists.
#9. Plastic bags are banned in the following countries: 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.
#11. Mannequins in Iran: Not all mannequins are banned, but the female ones must be demurely dressed in a hijab.
#12. Ketchup in France: In 2011, France banned the condiment from school cafeteria’s in order to preserve French cuisine.
#13. Jasmine Flower in China: The Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia inspired Chinese protestors, the government decided to ban the flower.
#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).
#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.
#16. Furbies: This wasn’t a nationwide ban, but in 1999, the NSA was afraid the toys could be used to record classified information.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#21. Cell Phones in Cuba: During Fidel Castro’s reign, only high ranking government officials were allowed to have cell phones.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
If this didn’t make you go WTF, then I don’t know what will! Don’t forget to share 🙂