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Things Which Governments Have Banned

Friday, Feb 14, 2020, 1:06 pm


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1.Certain Baby Names - Denmark

Citizens of Denmark are only allowed to choose a name for their child from a pre-approved government list of names. If they do not find the name they are looking for on the list, they can seek permission from the government, which is at their discretion to grant. The list contains 24,000 baby names to date.




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2.Valentine's Day - Saudi Arabia

In Saudi Arabia the government demands that anything red, or Valentine's Day oriented, be removed from all florists and gift shops on the days preceding the lover's holiday. In the eyes of the government, the holiday goes against Muslim beliefs, but the ban has not worked. The country has a Valentine's Day black market.



3.Reincarnation Without Consent - China

How China plans to enforce their ban on anyone reincarnating without thee state's consent, is still up in the air, but the law does exist. No one is allowed to reincarnate unless they specifically have previous consent from the state to do so, but in reality the government is trying to control the religious beliefs of their people.




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4.The Movie Avatar Without 3D - China

Since China has very few 3D theaters, the government has banned the viewing of Avatar in 2D. That means that no one in China can legally view the film, unless they find a 3D theater to see it in. With the subject matter involving an indigenous population going up against the residing authority, China was not comfortable with their people revolting.



5.Video Game Consoles - China

In China, the sale of video game consoles is forbidden and enforced by law. In 200, the Chinese government expressed their concern that their youth would waste their time playing video games by banning the consoles. However, non-console games are allowed. So their youth is still wasting their time with that loophole.




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6.Video Games - Greece

In 2002, Greece was attempting to ban electric gambling machines when the law was written so broadly that it covered all video games. Someone was arrested and served time for playing a video game in a coffee shop. After an uproar from video gamers and the EU, the law was put to rest by the end of that same year.



7.Small Breasted porn - Australia

In Australia, women starring in porn who have "A" cup breasts are thought to look childlike and under the age of eighteen. Because of this, the Australian government considers this type of porn to look like child porn and will ban any adult film in which the actress has small breasts.




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8.Jasmine - China

In China, the Jasmine is banned as are songs and texts about the pretty flower. Sparked by the Jasmine Revolutions in Tunisia, protestors in China created their own revolution, angering authorities. The results were new laws that included the harsh banning of the plant much to the dismay of residents.



9.Ovaltine - Denmark

Fortified foods are banned in Denmark, which includes breakfast drinks such as Ovaltine. It sounds hard to believe, because you would be hard pressed to locate milk that is not fortified with vitamin D, in America. In Denmark it is totally illegal to buy, possess or sell any fortified foods.



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10.Western Hair Cuts - Iran

Iran does anything it can to prevent the infiltration of western culture in their country. In an effort to keep North American and European culture out, the middle eastern government has banned any haircut that is not on their approved list, such as spikes, mullets or ponytails. Hairdressers found performing banned haircuts are shut down and penalized.



11.Emo Clothing - Russia

We've all heard of schools and employers enforcing a dress code, but for a government to ban certain clothing styles seems a little drastic. Blaming EMO fashion for a rise in teen suicide, the Russian government banned EMO style in government buildings and in schools, calling the style a threat to national stability.




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12.Furby - NSA

When Furby hit the shelves in 1998 they were an instant hit, so popular that kids were taking them to class and adults were taking them to work. In 1999, employees at NSA headquarters were sent a memo banning them from bringing the robotic toy into the building in Fort Meade, Maryland, fearing the little fur ball would overhear and repeat confidential information.



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