18 Famous Products And Habits That Were Stupidly Banned In Other Countries

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How would you react if your country’s government banned you from playing your favorite video game? Or what if the government suddenly decided to forbid Valentine’s Day, and stopped the sale of all red items? Of course, you’d be pretty bummed, right? But, unfortunately, this is the case for millions of people across the globe. Here is a shocking selection of the most crazy and stupid prohibitions and banned products with the worst government excuses ever. Enjoy, and feel grateful to live in a free country.


#1 Video Games – China

Believe this one or not. In 2002, the Chinese government banned the use of video games to avoid the young people wasting too much time at home playing and living without a job.

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#2 Emo Style – Russia

The Russian government decided that emo style clothing were a “threat to national stability” and decided to ban this trend among the young people in the country. One of the goals of this strange decision was to try to reduce the number of suicides committed by young people. What are your thoughts?

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#3 Western Haircuts – Iran

The government in Iran took a strange decision to protect their people from the rest of the world. They decided to forbid any kind of haircut or style that they thought looked ‘Western’. OMG.

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#4 Valentine’s Day – Saudi Arabia

Considered as a violation of Muslim beliefs, the government in Saudi Arabia decided to prohibit the sale of anything in the color red on the date of Valentine’s Day, trying to stop people giving gifts to their loved ones. Crazy!

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#5 Reincarnation – China

Reincarnation, without prior consent, was considered illegal by the government in an attempt to control the Tibetan Buddhists. We hope that makes sense to you, because it really doesn’t for us.

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#6 Foods With Vitamins – Denmark

Fearing that the population would ingest a larger dose of vitamins than the allowed amount, the Danish government decided to prohibit most of them in foods, such as Ovomaltine and other cereals.

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#7 Scrabble – Romania

In the 80’s, the Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu decided to ban this game with the excuse that the game was ” too intellectual” and an “evil destroyer”. What?!

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#8 Some Baby Names – Denmark

There are 24,000 names in Denmark that have been approved by the government, and parents are allowed to choose one. And, if they want to name their baby something that isn’t on the list, they need to ask for special permission.

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#9 Yellow Clothes – Malaysia

In 2011, the Malaysian government decided that it was illegal to wear the color yellow, because it is the official color of a group of activists who are against the country’s government.

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#10 Jasmine Flower – China

The Tunisian Revolution, also known as the Jasmine Revolution, revolved around the banning of the use of jasmine flowers. Eventually, China stepped on board, and their government banned this, too.

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#11 Cell Phones – Cuba

During the government of Fidel Castro (which ended in 2008), only government staff were allowed to use cell phones.

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#12 Gum – Singapore

Since 1992, importation of chewing gum was banned in Singapore, as a way to maintain the cleanliness of public places. This one actually makes sense a little…

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#13 Mannequins – Iran

Okay, so not all mannequins were banned from clothing stores in Iran, but it was ruled that female mannequins should only be dressed in the typical hijab. What do you folks make of this?

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#14 Women Drivers – Saudi Arabia

There is not actually a specific law that prohibits women to drive in Saudi Arabia, but driving licenses are not issued to them.

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#15 Ketchup – France

In 2011, the French government banned this popular condiment in all school kitchens, in order to preserve and maintain the typical French cuisine.

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#16 Baby Walker – Canada

Studies show that babies who were taught to walk with the help of a baby walker end up being delayed in terms of their motor development. For this reason, baby walkers were banned in Canada in 2004.

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#17 Time Travelling – China

For ‘obvious reasons’, time travelling is prohibited in China. This means that Doctor Who is well and truly, absolutely not welcome in that country. They just hate him, and nobody seems to understand why.

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#18 McDonald’s – Bolivia

There is no actual law that prohibits the fast-food restaurant to operate in this country, but the Bolivian government rejected them for a short time, forcing all of them to close. Today, Bolivia is the only country in Latin America that cannot enjoy this much-loved fast food franchise.

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