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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If you want to visit Milan, make sure to smile all the time. The Italian metropolis has imposed a ban on frowning. The city states that it is a legal requirement to smile at all times, except during funerals or hospital visits. Grouches who dare to break this regulation can face a fine.


In Lyme Regis, a little coastal town in West Dorset, England, slapping people with a dead eel is prohibited. There was a tradition known as “the conger-cuddling”, in which people swang dead eels at each other but in 2006, the game was banned by local authorities after an animal rights group claimed it was disrespectful to the dead fish.



When traveling to Singapore, remember to leave your chewing gums at home. In 2004, this city-state in Southeast Asia imposed a strict ban on chewing gum imports. Under the rule, no gum is allowed to be bought or sold inside Singapore and there is a $500 fine for spitting out gum on the streets.


Capri, an island located in the Campania region, Italy, is a popular tourist destination. However, if you decide to visit avoid wearing flip flops. Flip flops and sandals that make loud noises are banned.



In Tuszyn, a little town in Central Poland, Winnie the Pooh is banned from playgrounds. Local authorities argued that Pooh is “half-naked” and of “dubious sexuality”, which is totally inappropriate for little children.


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