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Modern society is considered almost the most free in the history of mankind. At the same time, the fines for violation of such prohibitive rules are quite large.
And do not think that laws do not tell people to do anything only in corrupt and authoritarian countries. As a result, absolutely ridiculous and strange prohibitions appear.
No kissing. This restrictive rule appeared in 2009 at the Warrington train station in England. The railway workers suddenly came to the conclusion that such passionate behavior of passengers and those seeing them off can create traffic jams on the platforms. As a result, separate areas were allocated for kissing, like smoking areas. On the rest of the station, signs appeared reminding of the ban. And although the restrictions were soon canceled here, something similar applies in other countries. For example, in France it has been forbidden to kiss in train stations for over a hundred years. This rule was introduced in 1910 due to frequent train delays. So far, the ban has not been canceled. And in Dubai, in general, you cannot show your feelings in this way in public. It’s good if we can get rid of the fines. After all, you can get a prison sentence! In Malaysia, kissing in public is punishable by a $ 75 fine, and in Indonesia, authorities can jail for 10 years.
The prohibition to die in the Parliament building. Great Britain is famous for its ridiculous laws that are deeply rooted in history. In 2007, the UKTV channel even conducted a survey, which aimed to identify the most ridiculous bans. The British gave first place with 27% of the vote to the ban on dying in the Parliament building. And this law was adopted back in 1313, and it is still in effect. At the same time, people have repeatedly tried to lift this ban. English laws state that the Parliament building is officially the property of the monarchy, which means it has the status of a royal palace. That is why everyone who died here has the right to be buried at the expense of the country. At one time, this rather unusual ban was introduced in order to protect yourself from unforeseen expenses. The top three stupid bans also include a law that considers it treason to turn the image of a monarch on a postage stamp and a law that allows employees of aquarium fish stores in Liverpool to walk bare-chested.
Ban on playing snowballs. If in Russia such innocent fun is almost a national sport, in Belgium it is not liked. From 1 January 2013, throwing snowballs will be ruthlessly punished with a fine. The reason for this is a ban that came into force in some Flemish communes in the north of the country. Lawmakers have concluded that throwing snowballs and throwing stones can be compared. As a result, the fine for such fun is 100 euros. A similar ban was intended to be introduced in 2011 in the Italian Ferrara. In addition to snow, fruits were also included in the list of prohibited potentially dangerous items. But in Italy, this law was never passed, it assumed a fine for playing snowballs in the amount of 15 euros.
Ban on chewing gum. Tourists bring a lot of souvenirs from Singapore, but nobody has seen the local chewing gum. It turns out that in the country with the cleanest streets, there has been no demand for such products for more than twenty years. In 1992, the authorities banned the import and sale of chewing gum. And the reason for the introduction of such a ban was the disruption of the metro - the gum was constantly stuck in the doorway, which led to flight delays. Only in 2004, after the conclusion of the US-Singapore trade agreement, the restrictions on the sale of such a product were partially lifted. But chewing gum was only allowed to be sold in pharmacies. In 2010, citizens again raised the issue of lifting such a strange ban. But the country's authorities were unshakable. Tourists are not fined for the very presence of chewing gum or its use, but the chewing gum spat out on the ground will entail a serious fine.
Ban on unusual names. It just seems that choosing a name for a child is simple for parents. Sometimes dads and mom fantasize so much that the child can only sympathize. It is no coincidence that in different countries of the world there are bans on certain names for children. So, in 2011, New Zealand even published a list of 102 names that are prohibited from giving to newborns. In addition to the digital and one-letter versions, Hitler, Messiah and Lucifer are prohibited, among others. Similar bans exist in other countries. For example, in Italy in 2008 it was forbidden to call boys Venerdi (translated as Friday), but giving them the names Sabato (Saturday) or Domenica (Sunday) was allowed. In Germany, the rule is that the name of the child must necessarily indicate his gender. And in China, it is allowed to give names without characters from foreign languages, because the ID scanner will not be able to recognize them.
Prohibition of paying in small coins. Not so long ago it became known that the Canadian Mint has stopped issuing its smallest bargaining chip, 1 cent. The reason for this step is quite simple - the cost of producing the coin exceeded its face value. But the penny has been in circulation since 1858. But for Canadians, parting may seem logical, because in the country there is already an unusual ban on paying 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 Currency Act was introduced in the country back in 1985. It was possible to pay for a purchase with coins of 1 cent for no more than 25 cents, with coins of 5 cents - no more than 5 dollars, with coins from 10 pence to a dollar - no more than 10 dollars. Even in dollar bills, you can buy goods for no more than $ 25.
Ban on the sale of Barbie dolls. The favorite of girls from all over the world is not available for sale everywhere. A ban on the sale of the famous Mattel doll has come into force in Iran. Back in 1996, the authorities declared the leggy blonde to be inconsistent with local Islamic traditions. But only in 2012, it was decided to finally remove Barbie from store shelves. And in 2002, an attempt was made to replace the American doll, which is so popular among Iranian children. Then a couple of Sarah and Dara appeared on sale together with Barbie and Ken. They were already fully consistent with Islamic traditions. The girl wore a headscarf and clothing to hide her figure. Only for some reason these dolls did not become popular even in Iran.
The prohibition to die. It would seem - to die, this is a natural right of any person. But the Norwegian authorities also banned this possibility. In fact, we are still talking about one separate city of Longyearbyen, which is located on the Spitsbergen islands. It is the northernmost settlement in the world, with over a thousand people living here. The ban is easily explainable - it is simply unrealistic to bury people in the permafrost. The bodies are well preserved, which serves as a bait for polar bears. Once scientists began to study the tissues of a person buried here back in 1917. It turned out that even the flu virus survived in his body. So, any seriously ill or seriously injured inhabitant of the city is immediately transported to the mainland. The same story happens to the bodies of those who dared to violate the ban and died suddenly here.
The prohibition to be fat. Doctors say that obesity can become a global problem of the new century for humanity. After all, more than 10% of men and about 15% of all people in the world suffer from this. And this problem is only getting worse. And most acutely it affected the United States, where obesity is present in every third. Even Japan, where residents are traditionally thin and short, has succumbed to the general trend. The authorities decided to fight the scourge decisively and at the state level through bans. In 2008, a law came into force in the island state, according to which all state-owned companies and municipalities are required to measure the waist of their employees between the ages of 40 and 74. The maximum allowable figure was determined - 85 centimeters for men and 90 - for women. Those who turn out to be fatter than they should be strongly advised to lose weight. If the offender cannot correct himself, he will be forcibly sent to courses on proper nutrition.
Prohibition to write SMS on the go. Technical benefits are not always beneficial. In the American town of Fort Lee, in 2012, it was forbidden to write text messages using the phone on the go. Such behavior will incur a fine, according to the introduced law on dangerous walking. The ban came about as a result of an effort to improve pedestrian safety on the road. Just a few months earlier, 20 people had been hit by cars at once. The police believe that the perpetrators were the victims themselves, who were distracted by writing SMS. Those who write a message simply by standing on the sidewalk will not be punished. Those who start typing messages on the road will be fined $ 85 by the authorities. And there is even a scientific basis for such a ban. Once at the University of New York, they conducted a test, according to which volunteers looking at the phone were asked to walk in a straight line. Nobody passed the test - not a single participant could lay a flat trajectory.