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IN OMG! ON 21 Jan, 2015
Did you ever think that your school was terrible for having a certain uniform or a dress code? Or that warden at hostel was a bossy mean person when she grounded you and didn't allow to go to a party? There are so many restrictions on things which are not even dangerous.
You might have heard of some stupid laws all across the world, but trust me, the world has deeper secrets. From baby names to people to actresses, have been banned in specific people for reasons beyond absurd. These laws actually make you question the credibility of the freedom we actually enjoy. We can't aim to move ahead if the past laws aren't changed.
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In 1977, the Disney character Donald Duck was banned in Finland for not wearing any pants or trousers.
In order to free the country from the western influence, the culture ministry of Iran issued a catalog of all the acceptable hair styles in Iran. The list of banned styles includes ponytails, mullets and elaborate spikes.
In 2001, an year after the introduction of Pokemon to the Arabic world, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, who is the highest religious authority in the kingdom, issued a statement banning the entire Pokemon franchise, claiming it encourages gambling and promotes Zionism.
In 2011, valentines day was banned in Iran. In a statement by a government official it has been stated that "Symbols of hearts, half-hearts, red roses, and any activities promoting this day are banned." Demonstrations of affection could lead to heavy fines, prison sentences or worse."
Singapore banned chewing gum in the early 90's, stating that eating it results in litter and vandalism. However in 2004, only chewing gums of therapeutic values are been imported to the country.
Yes, 3 men in Saudi Arabia were deported from the country for being extremely handsome. The justification given by the authorities was that they could serve as a distraction to the women of the country.
Homosexuality is a taboo in the Indian civil society and the section 377 of the Indian Penal Code makes it illegal for a person to have sex with the same gender.
In UK, it is considered an act of treason to put your stamp upside down bearing the monarch image.
In a letter by the U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in 2012, the magnetic balls were asked to be banned for the possibility of a choking hazard.
Are you from Denmark, and want your child to have a really unique name? Well, tough luck! New parents have to choose the name of their child from the government enlisted 7000 names or seek government approval for any other name.
Because general sexiness is not appreciated in Iran, plastic figures of perfectly sculpted human figures are banned in the country.
Kinder Surprise egg was banned in USA as it was argued that the tiny toys inside the eggs can be ingested by small children and there is a chance of them choking on it.
Dictionaries were banned during the mandatory library time in California as they were the reason for the corrupt language of the children.
Homeland fan and stay in Manila? All the works of the actress Claire Danes were banned in Manila after she described the city as a "a ghastly and weird city" which "smelled of cockroaches". She has been denied any future entry in the city.
In the early 80's, the Romanian president banned the board game, scrabble, and the justification provided was that gave was "overly intellectual" and a "subversive evil".