The strangest bans in the world


We are always surrounded by a mass of prohibitions, which, for one reason or another, it is better not to violate. But among those who are absolutely correct and logical, sometimes there are those who either confuse or cause a smile.

Probably there are few people who do not like to travel. What could be better than discovering new countries, getting to know a completely different culture, trying the most unusual dishes? All this is incredibly tempting, but it is very important to remember that each country still has its own rules, which can be completely different from the usual ones. And these rules are best remembered, because you are unlikely to want to talk to the police about why you are wearing blue jeans.

We present to you 16 strange bans that really operate in different countries.

1. Scrabble (Romania)

Losing a scrabble is undoubtedly a cause for grief. This is one of those games that can remind you of your limitations and even nonsense. Perhaps it was because of the unsuccessful scrabble party that the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu banned the game as “abstruse” and “subversive”. Perhaps it was just those words that he could not lay out.

2. Death (Svalbard, Norway)

The authorities of the northernmost part of Norway, the Svalbard archipelago, have come up with perhaps the most serious ban in the world - it is forbidden to die here. This is due to the fact that in the permafrost the dead bodies do not decompose, that is, it is simply impossible to bury the dead here. In addition, if a person died from any viral disease, cold soil will save it, which represents a threat to the rest of the island’s inhabitants. Of course, the punishment for death in Svalbard is not provided for, but the authorities will do everything to bring the dying person to the mainland. If death nevertheless overtakes a man on the island, no one will bury him. Even cremation requires a state permit.

3. Black cars (Turkmenistan)

Buying a car in Turkmenistan is not an easy enterprise due to the mass of bans imposed by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. So, in principle, it is forbidden to drive black cars here (however, at a temperature of 60 ° C in summer it is reasonable), a dirty car will not be allowed into the city, and additional high taxes are imposed on luxury cars like BMW or Mercedes. Tuning is also completely banned. In addition, cars older than five years old, right-hand drive cars, sports and two-door cars, cars with large displacement engines and tinted windows are prohibited.

4. Actress Claire Danes (Manila, Philippines)

In Manila, films with Claire Danes (known for the TV series “Motherland”) were banned after she spoke ill of the city. In addition, she can not even visit the capital of the Philippines. In an interview, Danes said that Manila is “a strange and unpleasant city,” and complained about the smell of cockroaches everywhere. This was enough for local authorities to ban films with the actress and entering the city to herself. Danes later apologized, but she was only accused of hypocrisy at the Manila City Hall. However, for sure there are those who would not watch “Romeo + Juliet” or “Stardust” and without a ban from above.

5. Fugu fish (Japan)

Fugu fish meat, considered by many to be a delicacy, contains a toxin that is 100 times stronger than cyanide. Incorrectly cooked fish can instantly kill a person. That is why the emperor of Japan is forbidden to eat it. The ban applies exclusively to the emperor. Ordinary Japanese can eat fugu. Of course, provided that it is prepared by a qualified cook.

6. Vacuum cleaners (Victoria, Australia)

Nobody likes noisy neighbors, but in the Australian state of Victoria they went the furthest - they just pointed out the hours and days when vacuuming an apartment is literally against the law. Thus, the cleaning threatens the arrival of the police from 22:00 to 7:00 on weekdays and until 9:00 on weekends. However, in Russia for noise after 23:00 you can also get a fine. Much in this case depends on relations with neighbors.

7. Jogging (Burundi, East Africa)

A habitual for many - running - threatens with imprisonment in Burundi. For a long time, the country was being torn by ethnic conflicts, and for many people it was a usual practice to move around in groups to move around - so everyone could cover the other from attack. However, in March 2014, the country's president banned runs completely. In his opinion, joint runs can be a cover for subversive activity.

8. United Kingdom: die in wards

Parliament It is not clear how the violator can be punished, but the fact remains: it is forbidden to die in the Houses of Parliament, because anyone who does this is given a funeral at the expense of the state. Of course, the country is unprofitable.

9. Iran: collect hair in the tail of men

The Iranian government announced the list of approved male hairstyles in 2010. In accordance with it, tails are prohibited, mallets (a type of hairstyle in which the hair is cut shortly in front and sides, and in the back remains long) and hair with styling "spikes."

10. Italy: slippers

The island of Capri, located in the Campania region, is a popular tourist destination. But remember that when you come here, you should by all means avoid wearing slippers. Flip-flops and sandals that make loud noises are prohibited here.

11. North Korea: blue jeans

Not black jeans, no. It is blue. Presumably, this color is associated with the United States, so it was decided in North Korea that it would be wiser to immediately impose a ban.

12. Monaco: a casino for citizens of Monaco

And there is. Despite the fact that for many people in the world of the casino "Monte Carlo" is a symbol of Monaco, its citizens are forbidden to enter the institution and play in it. Apparently, the ban has been stretching since 1860 - the year of the opening of the casino. Then the Prince of Monaco, Charles III, decided that the inhabitants could lose all their savings there. Foreigners, meanwhile, were allowed to lose as much as they wanted, of course.

13. Thailand: the film "Anna and the King"

This 1999 film with Jodie Foster and Chow Yunfat pretty annoyed the Thai censors, who claimed that the movie denigrates the royal family and distorts the history of the country. Under the 1930 law, a film demonstrating disrespect for the Thai monarchy is prohibited, and the authors may even go to jail.

14. Poland: Winnie the Pooh

In Tushyn, a small town in the center of Poland, it is forbidden to use toys and Winnie the Pooh’s toys on playgrounds. Local authorities believe that this character with its "half-naked look" and "sexuality of dubious nature" is unacceptable for the child's psyche, Twizz writes.

15. Canada: ban on advertising and use of baby walkers

According to the Canadian government, walkers harm not only the body's motor skills, but also create mental problems. In this country, there was a huge number of injuries sustained during the use of the walker, which was the reason for the ban on the use of devices.

16. China: reincarnation without government permission

The law on “measures to regulate the reincarnation of the living Buddhas in Tibetan Buddhism”, which came into force in China in 2007, prohibits Buddhist monks from reincarnating and for religious groups to recognize the soul of the deceased Buddha in its new incarnation without prior permission from the government.