You may be one of those lucky people that would claim to live in a country with free speech, and that may be true, but there are still lots of things that you can’t just go around blurting out, even in places like the United States. And even though you very well may live in a free country there are probably lots of things you can’t do.
You can’t yell fire in a building when it’s not burning, that is typically punishable. You can’t punch your boss in the face. That is also punishable. Although if you live in the western world, you probably have more freedom and more rights than most other countries or cultures (even historical ones), these are things worth considering.
There are some things, however, that was perfectly fine to do up until a certain point. And that point was always somebody coming along and ruining that perfectly ok thing. What you will notice is that one political party was responsible for many of these, namely the Nazis.
Whether it was swastikas (which are a symbol of peace and luck in India even to this day) or Roman salutes (which were even used by the Boys Scouts before World War II), there is no end to the things that were perfectly usable until somebody came along and corrupted them. These are 25 things that have been completely ruined beyond repair.
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The phrase "you only live once"
Why: Because ever since super cool teenagers abbreviated it and started “yolo-ing” everything…it’s not cool anymore. It just isn’t.
Listening to Lostprophets (the band)
Why: Lead singer Ian Watkins was convicted for raping babies and sentenced to 29 years in prison.
Why: Thanks to John Wayne Gacy and Pennywise, clown costumes have joined ghosts in the world of taboo. Or at the very least you’ll need skill to pull it off.
Dads being able to take their kids to the playground
Why: Because that’s what pedophiles do. It’s your kid? That’s not what all those moms on the other bench think. Media takes the blame for this one considering that most child abuse is done by close relatives.
Why: Because of Hitler…again. Seriously, this use to even be the Boy Scout salute for a while.