Strangest Things That Have Been Banned In Countries

Some of the bans mentioned in the list have been lifted, but most of them are still existing.
The Top Ten
1 7 Words from Being Used by the CDC - United States
2 Ketchup - France

It's not only ketchup alone, anything that has a tiniest bit relation to the English speaking world is banned there. Like many of the English words (like e-mail, fast food, blog, etc. ) used internationally are banned there, as it can endanger the French language (they say that they have found the French equivalent for these words, they don't need the English words to describe these things)

I think they allow sometimes, a friend of mine who lived in France said they allowed a small amount of it for fries.

3 Ballet - Turkmenistan

Saparmurat Niyazov, the president has forbidden ballet!?
What an ars.

4 Time Travel - China

Alright! It's time to explain why these things are banned from these countries.
#1. Time Travel-China
The Chinese are scared that someone will change something in the past & could result into a horrible future.
#2. Ketchup-France
France doesn't want ketchup to hide the flavor of their food.
#3. Gaming consoles-China
They've been banned in China for 14 years, which began in 2000. The reason is because they didn't want kids to waste their too much time on video games. In my opinion, I would say they didn't want any arguments over consoles, so they fight over video games. They're lucky they didn't have to fight over if the Xbox 360 was better than the PlayStation 3. What about us Americans? We fight over consoles & games for, while in China, they just fought over games. I heard that EA says console wars are good for gamers! I don't dare believe them, since they're considered one of the worst company ever, and I will never buy their games no matter how people say that they're awesome. Why should we argue over consoles? This is completely ridiculous. EA sucks. I will never trust them, never buy their games & I don't believe that they say console wars are good for the gaming industry. GO LOOK AT "IF ELECTRONIC ARTS WAS 100% HONEST WITH US" ON YouTube & YOU'LL SEE WHY WE HATE YOU. I'll do my own top 10 best consoles ever list, so other people don't have too.
#4. Cell Phones-Cuba
It was banned for a short time in 2008. I'm not sure if this is true, but they were only used for work.
#5. McDonald's-Bolivia
They probably think the food there is horrible.
#6. Valentine's Day-Saudi Arabia
It's deemed as an un-Islamic celebration that encourages relations among unmarried people. When Valentine's Day comes, please take me there! PLEASE! I HATE VALENTINE'S DAY!
#7. Yellow Clothing-Malaysia
They think that yellow is the color of optimistic activists.
#8. Baby Walkers-Canada
One word. Injury. If you own one if Canada, that you have to... more

5 Gaming Consoles - China

Now I know the difference between China and Japan. China doesn't play gaming consoles but Japan does.

China has lifted the ban in 2014. I think they're making a huge mistake & they're about to have a console war.

Because a person beat the emperor od China at a game of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

6 Chewing Gum - Singapore

I have a friend from Singapore and he told me people apparently played too many pranks involving gum and...I guess I'm not welcome because I love pranking. He also told me prank calls are illegal there. Damn, this is one strict government.

Don't ever throw your chewed gum on the ground! I honestly think it's littering. And it's annoying when you step on it. Throw it in the trash.

They banned it because they want to keep the country REALLY clean.

7 Emo Culture - Russia

I guess My Chemical Romance's albums aren't gonna sell well in Russia.

One of the very few good things that the Russian government has done.

Russia doesn't want people to be sad so it makes them happier.

8 Jasmine - China

I don't need to stay away from those flowers, they are not dangerous or poisonous, I would not get in trouble for having them in my hands.

You banned a Disney Princess? That's weird.

9 McDonald's - Bolivia

McDonalds is evil, they had a reason to do this.

10 Yellow Clothing - Malaysia

Yellow Clothing isn't the only item that is banned in Malaysia. The Cat in the Hat (a PlayStation 2 video game) is also banned in Malaysia due to copyright issues with Discovery Communications.

I've been to Malaysia, and there were a number of fellow Brits on the plane wearing yellow. And one wearing a SpongeBob SquarePants onesie. I'd hate to think what happened to them.

I can't wear chains in Malaysia? That sucks.

The Contenders
11 Masturbation - Indonesia

And there are children who chain smoke in Indonesia so they need to fix their laws

12 Valentine's Day - Saudi Arabia

I'm in a relationship and I celebrate valentines day but I still think it is pointless.

When Valentine's Day comes, somebody take me to Saudi Arabia.

13 Winnie the Pooh - China

OKAY! This is sooo weird, but I tell you this; I am in China right now and have Winnie the Pooh stuffed animal in my living room, so this is just Chinese government overreacting and nobody listening to them.

Chinese internet users had used images of him to represent (Baozi) Xi Jinping, so he is to ban him and block all the images of Winnie the Pooh.

They banned Winnie the Pooh because some guy said their president looks like Pooh.

14 Cell Phones - Cuba
15 Women's Driving - Saudi Arabia

Wow. That's offensive. Why do they still overpower men in some places.

I'm a man and I think this is very wrong. women deserve their rights

16 Trolling - New Zealand

I honestly didn't know that and I'm not sure how they define it.

17 Baby Girls - China

Voted to say: this is just the "boys first" sexist ideology in the past and is more significant under the one child policy. Now with two child policy this retarded ideology is dying fast, and we didn't ban baby girls at all. Just the influence of a retarded thought.

All above about China are wrong. but this one is true and it should be on the top of the list.

This has been lifted, but people still have been impacted...

18 Minecraft - Turkey

They are stupid to ban a game almost as good as ocarina of time.

I honestly wouldn't care. I prefer the Wii.

19 Batman Costumes - Australia

I know why. Because Bad Luck Brian went as Batman one Halloween and his parents were killed. So Australia made sure that wouldn't happen to them.

This is very incorrect, I have a friend who is obsessed with Batman and dresses up in the costume every opportunity he has!

Why can't I dress up as Batman? Because someone gonna kill my parents?

20 Jeans - North Korea

Makes sense, North Korea hates the us.

Banned for being "too American."

21 Baby Walkers - Canada
22 People's Rights - Egypt
23 Having More Than One Child Per Family - China

First of all, this has been changed to a two child policy. Second of all, this was desperately needed. China is currently quite densely populated- and that doesn't even take into account that most of the western part of China is barely populated- so the populated eastern part is extremely crowded. And before the one-child policy, China was even MORE overcrowded. If China had not enforced a one-child policy, everyone in the country would have died of starvation or something else.

Actually it's having more than one BIRTH in a family in China. You can still have twins!

24 The PlayStation - China
25 Pigtails - China

Manchu people wore them so... pigtails banned, look, I think China bans everything, and by everything, I mean everything, I think China is going to ban all the countries in the world except China one day.

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