Modern society is considered almost as free as possible in the history of mankind. However, there are many bans in it, otherwise our life would turn into chaos. For example, more often in different countries it is forbidden to buy in public places. At the same time, fines for violating such prohibitive rules are quite large.
And do not think that laws do not order people to do anything only in corrupt and authoritarian countries. Some democratic states sometimes also forbid doing their citizens something. As a result, absolutely ridiculous and strange prohibitions appear on the light.
The ban on kisses.
Such a restrictive rule appeared in 2009 at the Warrington station in England. Railwaymen suddenly came to the conclusion that such a passionate behavior of passengers and mourners can create traffic jams on the platforms. As a result, for the kisses, like zones for smoking, were allocated separate seats. On the rest of the station’s territory, signs appeared that reminded of a ban. And although the restrictions were soon abolished, something similar works in other countries. For example, in France it is forbidden to kiss at railway stations for more than a hundred years. This rule was introduced in 1910 due to frequent delays in trains. So until now the ban has not been canceled. And in Dubai, you can not show your feelings in public in this way. It’s good if we manage to get rid of fines. After all, you can get a prison sentence! In Malaysia, for kisses in public, a fine of $ 75 is imposed, and in Indonesia authorities can put him in jail for 10 years.
Prohibition to die in the Parliament building.
The UK is famous for its ridiculous laws that go back deep into history. In 2007, the UKTV channel even conducted a survey, which aimed to identify the most ridiculous prohibitions. First place with 27% of the vote the British gave the ban to die in the Parliament building. And the law was passed in the distant 1313, and it still works. At the same time, many times people tried to cancel this ban. English laws say that the Parliament building is officially the property of the monarchy, and therefore has the status of a royal palace. That is why everyone who has died here has the right to be buried at the expense of the country. At one time, they introduced this rather unusual ban to protect themselves from unforeseen expenses. The three foolish prohibitions also included a law that considers treason the overturning of the image of the monarch on a postage stamp and the law allowing employees of stores selling aquarium fish in Liverpool to walk with bare chest.
The ban on playing snowballs.
If in Russia such innocent fun is almost a national sport, in Belgium it is not liked. From January 1, 2013 throwing snowballs will be cruelly punished with a fine. The reason for this – the ban, which came into force in some Flemish communes in the north of the country. Legislators came to the conclusion that you can compare the throwing of snowballs and throwing stones. As a result, the penalty for such fun is 100 euros. Such a ban was intended to be introduced in 2011 in the Italian Ferrara. In addition to snow, fruit was also included in the list of prohibited potentially dangerous items. But in Italy, this law was never adopted, he assumed a penalty for playing snowballs at a rate of 15 euros.
Prohibition of chewing gum.
From Singapore tourists bring a lot of souvenirs, but no one saw the local chewing gum. It turns out that in the country with the cleanest streets for more than twenty years there is simply no demand for such products. In 1992, the authorities banned the import and sale of chewing gum. And the reason for the introduction of such a ban was the violation of the underground – the chewing gum constantly got stuck in the doorway, which led to delays in flights. Only in 2004, after the conclusion of the US-Singapore trade agreement, restrictions were partially lifted on the implementation of such a product. But they were allowed to sell the chewing gum only in pharmacies.In 2010, citizens again raised the issue of lifting such a strange ban. But the authorities of the country were unshakable. Tourists are not penalized for the presence of chewing gum or its use, but a gum spilled on the ground will entail a serious fine.
Ban on unusual names.
It just seems like the choice for the child’s name is simple for the parents to deal with. Sometimes fathers and mom so fantasize that the child can only sympathize. It is no coincidence that in different countries around the world there are bans on certain names for children. So, in 2011 in New Zealand, even published a list of 102 names that give birth to newborns are prohibited. In addition to digital and single-letter variants, in particular, Hitler, the Messiah and Lucifer are prohibited. Similar bans exist in other countries. For example, in Italy in 2008 it was forbidden to call the boys Venerdi (in translation – Friday), but to give them the names of Sabato (Saturday) or Domenik (Sunday) was possible. In Germany, however, the rule is that the name of the child must necessarily indicate its gender. And in China it is allowed to give names without symbols from foreign languages, because the identification scanner can not recognize them.
Prohibition of payment by small coins.
Not so long ago it became known that the Canadian Mint stopped issuing its smallest coin in 1 cent. The reason for this step is very simple – the cost of production of the coin has exceeded its nominal value. But a penny was in circulation since 1858. But Canadians parting may seem logical, because in the country and so there is an unusual prohibition to pay with small money. If the buyer comes to the store with a bag of money, then the seller has the right to refuse to serve him. The law under the name Currency Act was introduced in the country back in 1985. On it coins of 1 cent could be paid for a purchase no more than 25 cents, 5 cents coins – no more than 5 dollars, a trifle from 10 pence to a dollar – no more than 10 dollars. Even bills in the dollar you can buy goods not more than 25 dollars.
Ban on the sale of Barbie dolls.
The sweetheart of girls around the world is not available for sale anywhere. In Iran, the ban on the sale of the famous doll from the company Mattel came into effect. Back in 1996, the authorities declared a long-legged blonde inadequate to local Islamic traditions. But only in 2012 it was decided to finally remove Barbie from the shelves of stores. And in 2002, an attempt was made to replace the American doll, so popular among Iranian children. Then on sale together Barbie and Ken appeared a couple of Sarah and Dara. They already fully corresponded to Islamic traditions. The girl wore a kerchief and clothes, hiding a figure. Only for some reason these dolls did not even become popular in Iran.
The prohibition of dying.
It would seem – to die, this is the natural right of any person. But also on this opportunity the authorities of Norway imposed a ban. In fact, it’s still about one single city, Longyearbyen, which is located on the islands of Spitsbergen. This is the most northern settlement in the world, there are more than a thousand people. The ban is easily explained – in the permafrost it is simply impossible to bury people. The bodies are perfectly preserved, which serves as a bait for polar bears. Once scientists began to study the fabric buried here in 1917, a man. It turned out that even the flu virus survived in his body. So, any seriously ill or traumatized inhabitant of the city is immediately transferred to the mainland. The same story occurs with the bodies of those who dared to violate the ban and died suddenly here.
Prohibition of being fat.
Doctors say that for humanity the global problem of the new century can become obese. After all, this affects more than 10% of men and about 15% of all people in the world. And this problem is only aggravated. And most sharply it affected the United States, where every third person has obesity. Even Japan, where people traditionally appear thin and low, succumbed to a general trend.The authorities decided to fight the attack decisively and at the state level through bans. In 2008, the island state came into force the law, according to which all state-owned companies and municipalities are required to measure the waist of their employees aged 40 to 74 years. The maximum permissible value was 85 centimeters for men and 90 for women. Those who are thicker than the prescribed ones will strongly recommend losing weight. If the violator can not improve, then he will be forced to take courses on proper nutrition.
Prohibition to write SMS on the go.
Technical benefits do not always work. In the American town of Fort Lee, in 2012, banned on the go to write text messages using the phone. Such behavior will entail a fine, according to the introduced law on dangerous walking. Such a ban appeared due to the desire to improve the safety of pedestrians on the roads. Just a few months before that, 20 people got into the car at once. The police believe that the perpetrators themselves were the victims, who were distracted by the writing of SMS. Those who will write a message, just standing on the sidewalk, will not be punished. Those who begin to recruit messages, going to the roadway, the authorities will be fined $ 85. And such a ban has even a scientific justification. Once at the University of New York, testing was conducted, according to which the volunteers who were looking at the phone were offered to go straight. The test did not pass anybody – even one trajectory could not be laid by any participant.