25 Strange Things Banned Around The World

We have already published a few posts about some of the most ridiculous and crazy laws and regulations that used to be or still have been in effect in some American states and cities but obviously, the U.S. is not the only country that has imposed a ban on some weird stuff. From wearing noisy shoes and leaving elephants on the beach to die, check out these 25 strange things banned around the world.

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In Victoria, the second most populous state of Australia, you are not allowed to change a light bulb unless you are a licensed electrician. Those who don't comply can face a fine of up to 10 Australian dollars.

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In 2005, Ignacio Jimenez, a mayor of Icononzo, a town in Colombia, passed a law under which, badmouthing was illegal. He argued that waggling tongues could be the difference between life and death for residents of the city, thanks to ongoing warfare between Marxist rebels and far-right paramilitary outlaws.

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To halt the spread of swine flu in 2009, the mayor of Coulaines, a small French town, banned spitting.

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In the little Andalusian town of Lanjarón, Spain, there was a certain time period during which it was illegal to die. The town´s 4,000 inhabitants were to stay alive until the government was able to buy land and build a new cemetery. The unusual law was mostly received with humor among both the politicians as well as the citizens.

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Surprisingly, laws that prohibit dying can be found in numerous countries. In the Brazilian town of Biritiba-Mirim, for example, the mayor passed the same bill in 2005. He argued the main reason for the law was the fact that the town´s inhabitants didn’t look after their health properly, which made them more vulnerable to death and could lead to an unnecessary burden on the already full cemetery.

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