15 Things You Won’t Believe Have Been Banned Around The World

“Hey, you with that time-travel machine, we’ll have you locked up!”

Michael Thompson


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Living in a free country makes it easy to take the little things for granted; watching people every day eat what they want to eat, wear what they want to wear, watch what they want to watch and read what they want to read can make us blissfully unaware that in some parts of the world chewing our favourite brand of gum could get us locked up.

Crazy governmental bans on various things have always existed, but seem to have reached their zenith in the last decade. It may be attributed to technological growing pains that make it harder for some authoritative powers to keep their people on the straight and narrow. Like a double-edged sword, the internet is just as useful at enlightening us with knowledge as it is spreading lies about any number of subjects.

What’s certain is across the globe governments have been gunning for some really outrageous bans on some relatively harmless items and subjects. Most of these bans are rooted in illogical premises; however, even when the powers that be had their hearts in the right place, their proposed bans are still a little bizarre.

Take a look at these fifteen examples, some of which include commonplace things we couldn’t imagine life without.


15. Junk Food Commercials Are Banned In South Korea

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Since the war in the 1950s, America has maintained a large presence in South Korea gradually leading the smaller country to adopt many Western cultural traits. One they do not want is childhood obesity.

A recent study revealed most commercials played during children’s television shows catered to food. More specifically, food that contained zero nutritional value and was filled with sugar, carbs and fat – or what is collectively called junk food. With childhood obesity on an alarming rise for the first time ever in Korea’s history the government decided it was time to intervene.

Now South Koreans watching prime time television may see a lot of content, but will never be tempted to splurge on a diet by an ice cream commercial – if they happen to be watching children’s programs, no commercials for sweet foods will appear at any time.