If there’s one thing that most people would rather not do, it’s getting in trouble for breaking a strange rule. Guidelines are often placed when a government feels that it is in the best interest of its citizens. Sometimes this goes as far as to ban certain things that seem normal to others. Did you know that there have been bans on things that everyone does, such as:
- Chewing Gum
- Kissing in Cars
- Wearing Flip-Flops
All of these things that are done by everyone in some places, were at some point banned in certain locations. Sometimes it was only for a certain period of time before the ban got lifted, and in other cases they were simply strong guidelines. Regardless, some of these basic everyday items that have been banned have us raising our eyebrows.
From video games to childhood toys, we’ve compiled a list of some of the strangest everyday items that have at one point been banned around the world, while some still are.
1. Chewing Gum: This was a proposed ban in 1983 as gum was being used to vandalize important city property, such as key holes and elevator buttons. However in 1987 things got a bit more dangerous as people began disposing their gum on the railway system and blocking sensors that controlled doors. In 1992 the ban was put into full effect and today the only gum that people in Singapore can chew is dental and nicotine gum which has to be prescribed by a doctor.
2. Door Knobs: Though it may seem strange, these functioning knobs were banned in Vancouver in order to prevent one from getting stuck. Instead, doors are built with levers so that they can be pushed open.
3. Scrabble: In the ‘80s, the game was banned as Romanian leader Nicolae Ceaușescu thought it was “subversive” and “evil”. However the ban has since been lifted and the country even has a Scrabble Federation that hosts tournaments.
4. Baby Walkers: These are banned in Canada because even though baby walkers seem like harmless tools designed to help babies learn to walk, they can actually have the reverse effect. Children can easily fall down stairs, and have access to things they wouldn’t have before.
5. Furbies: At one point, NSA banned Furbies from their headquarters in fear that confidential information could be shared through the owls mimicking feature. However this was later proved to be a myth.
6. Kinder Surprise Eggs: These tasty chocolates with a fun toy inside have been banned in the USA due to the plastic shell in the center of the chocolate being a choking hazard.
8. Game Consoles: In the year 2000, China banned all selling of video games and video game consoles in fear that it was having a negative effect on its youth. However with access to online video games this proved ineffective. It wasn’t until 2014 that the ban was lifted.
9. Online Video Games: Banned by South Korea in order to fight the countries video game addiction. The ban was later readjusted to a “Cinderella effect” in which children 16 and under would be locked out of online games between the hours of 12-6 a.m. In 2014, this law was adjusted to allow parents to decide the time limits for their children.
10. Flip-Flops: Banned in Capri, Italy, as they are seen as a “noisy footwear hazard”.
12. Mannequins: In an attempt to gain control of Western influence, Iran banned businesses from being able to display female mannequins in a curvy nature or without wearing a hijab.