We are always surrounded by a mass of prohibitions, which, for one reason or another, it is better not to violate. But among the absolutely correct and logical, sometimes there are those who are either confusing or cause a smile.
There are probably 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 attractive, but it is very important to remember that each country still has its own rules, which may be radically different from those we are used to. And these rules are better to remember, because you are unlikely to want to talk to the police about why you are wearing blue jeans.
Introducing you 16 strange bans that really work in different countries.
1. Scrub (Romania)
Losing scrabble is undoubtedly a cause for grief. This is one of those games that can remind you of your limitations and even stupidity. Perhaps it was precisely because of the unsuccessful scrabble game that Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu banned the game as "abstruse" and "subversive". Perhaps these were just the words that he could not lay out.
2. Death (Svalbard, Norway)
The authorities in the northernmost part of Norway, the Spitsbergen 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 dead bodies do not decompose in permafrost, that is, it is simply impossible to bury the dead here. In addition, if a person dies from any viral disease, the cold soil will retain it, which poses a threat to the rest of the island's inhabitants. Of course, there is no punishment for death on Svalbard, but the authorities will do everything to take the dying person to the mainland. If death nevertheless overtakes a person on the island, no one will bury him. Even cremation here requires a government permit.
3. Black cars (Turkmenistan)
Buying a car in Turkmenistan is not an easy undertaking due to the mass of bans imposed by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. So, it is in principle forbidden to drive black cars here (however, at a temperature of 60 ° C in summer, this is reasonable), a dirty car will not be allowed into the city, and additional high taxes are imposed on elite cars like BMW or Mercedes. Tuning is also completely banned. In addition, cars over five years old, right-hand drive cars, sports and two-door cars, cars with large engines and tinted windows are prohibited.
4. Actress Claire Danes (Manila, Philippines)
Manila banned films with Claire Danes (aka Homeland) after she spoke badly about the city. Moreover, she is not even allowed to 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 the local authorities to ban films with the actress and her own entry into the city. Danes subsequently apologized, but was only accused of hypocrisy by Manila City Hall. However, for sure there are those who would not watch "Romeo + Juliet" or "Stardust" and without a ban from above.
5. Puffer fish (Japan)
Considered a delicacy by many, puffer fish contains a toxin 100 times more potent than cyanide. An improperly cooked fish can kill a person instantly. That is why the Emperor of Japan is forbidden to eat it. The ban applies exclusively to the emperor. Ordinary Japanese people can eat fugu. Provided, of course, that it is prepared by a qualified chef.
6. Vacuum cleaners (Victoria, Australia)
No one likes noisy neighbors, but in the Australian state of Victoria they went the farthest - here they precisely indicated the hours and days when it is literally illegal to vacuum an apartment. So, cleaning threatens the arrival of the police from 22:00 to 7:00 on weekdays and until 9:00 on weekends. However, in Russia you can also get a fine for noise after 23:00.Much in this case depends on relations with neighbors.
7. Jogging (Burundi, East Africa)
Jogging, habitual for many, faces imprisonment in Burundi. For a long time, the country was torn apart by ethnic conflicts, and for many residents, running in groups was a common practice of movement - so everyone could cover the other from attack. However, in March 2014, the country's president banned jogging altogether. In his opinion, joint jogging can be a cover for subversive activity.
8.UK: Die in Chambers
Parliament It is not clear how an offender can be punished, but the fact remains: it is forbidden to die in the chambers of Parliament, because anyone who does this is supposed to be buried at the expense of the state. Of course, this is not profitable for the country.
9.Iran: keeping hair in a ponytail for men
The Iranian government released a list of approved men's hairstyles in 2010. In accordance with it, ponytails, mallets (a type of hairstyle in which the hair is cut short in front and on the sides, and remains long in the back) and hair styled with “spikes” are prohibited.
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 flip flops. Flip flops and sandals that make loud sounds are not allowed here.
11.North Korea: blue jeans
Not black jeans, no. It is blue. Presumably, this color is associated with the United States, so North Korea decided that it would be wiser to immediately impose a ban.
12. Monaco: casinos for Monaco citizens
And there is. Despite the fact that for many people in the world the casino "Monte Carlo" is a symbol of Monaco, its citizens are prohibited from entering and playing in the casino. Apparently, the ban has been going on since 1860 - the year the casino was opened. 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, starring Jodie Foster and Chow Yunfat, annoyed Thai censors, who argued that the movie defamed the royal family and distorted the country's history. Under the 1930 law, a film that shows disrespect for the Thai monarchy is banned, and the authors may even end up in jail.
14.Poland: Winnie the Pooh
In Tuszyn, a small town in central Poland, the use of toys and images of Winnie the Pooh is prohibited on playgrounds. Local authorities believe that this character, with his "half-naked appearance" and "sexuality of a dubious nature," is unacceptable for the child's psyche, writes Twizz.
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, a huge number of injuries were recorded during the use of a walker, which was the reason for the ban on the use of the device.
16.China: reincarnation without government permission
The Law on “Measures to Regulate the Reincarnation of Living Buddhas in Tibetan Buddhism”, which came into force in China in 2007, prohibits Buddhist monks from reincarnating and religious groups from recognizing the soul of a deceased Buddha in its new incarnation without prior permission from the government.