20 Weird Things That Are Forbidden Around The World
Ketchup in France
France felt teenagers were using excessive amounts of ketchup to the detriment of traditional French cuisine, which was therefore beginning to lose its originality. So they banned ketchup from school cafeterias. There is, however, one exception to the rule. If students order french fries, they are allowed some ketchup on the side.
Time Travel in China
Well, not the action of time traveling in itself, we’ve yet to master that one, but the portrayal of time travel. The Chinese government feels that TV shows, movies, and books that focus on time travel tend to show an erroneous image of history, making up myths and false events. Therefore, all media that revolves around time travel has become the target of Chinese censorship.
Most Baby Names in Denmark
If you live in Denmark and want an original name for your baby, tough luck. You have to choose from the list of 24,000 names approved by the government. In fact, the Danish government banned creative names altogether, and if you have your mind set on a name outside the list, you have to make a special request and ask for permission
The Emo Style in Russia
Good news for everyone who hates Goth and Emo clothing. If you happen to travel to Russia by any chance, you’ll be relieved to find that such a dress code has been banned from schools, government buildings, and just about every public place. Emo kids wear a lot of black, facial piercings, and black hair with fringes covering half their face. The Russian government feels that the trend is dangerous for teenagers, encouraging anti-social behavior, depression, and suicide. They even went as far as to refer to the style as “a threat to national stability.” In 2008, Russia banned Goth and Emo music, as well as all clothing styles related to the trend.
Western Haircuts in Iran
Most Islamic countries are not so crazy about the Western culture. In fact, they would do just about anything to keep the people as far away from its influence as possible. They believe there are a few haircuts and hairstyles that are simply too European. Mohawks, mullets, spikes, and ponytails are illegal in Iran.
McDonald’s in Bolivia
Banning McDonald’s sounds crazy for most of us. In Bolivia, it is not really a law, but a decision of the people. Bolivian cuisine is all about time, love, and care, and the people actually live by these ancestral laws. Fast-food is against their beliefs. McDonald’s stood no chance. During its short stay in the country, almost no Bolivians ate there.
Avatar in 2D in China
This one’s a cracker. The main theme in James Cameron‘s Avatar is people siding with an indigenous population against an imperialist force. Apparently, China did not like the idea so much. So they thought of a solution: to ban the movie in 2D. Since China has almost no 3D theaters, it was very simple to prevent the people from watching the movie.
Baby Walkers in Canada
Following the results of a series of studies conducted in Canada on babies raised with walkers which showed delayed motor skills, the government banned all baby walkers. Selling them is no longer permitted. Since 2004, babies have to learn to walk the old-fashioned way.
Chewing Gum in Singapore
It happened to all of us: having a piece of chewing gum stuck to our shoe, or even worse, to our hand when reaching under the table or chair in a restaurant or some other public place. Ever since 1992, selling and using chewing gum in Singapore has been illegal. The law was meant to keep the streets and public places clean. It seems Singapore was filled with used chewing gum, from elevators to gum sticking to subway doors, which even caused delays in the subway system.