These 6 Things Are Illegal In Many Countries, But Legal In America
There are several things that have been made illegal in other countries and some of them may surprise you. Here some of the weirdest things that are illegal in other countries, but completely legal in the United States of America.
The first up on the list is weird baby names. In America, names such as “Alliegh Bama” are completely legal. Among places where this name would not fly are Denmark, Sweden, and New Zealand. These places have a list of names that parents can pick from legally. Any other names need to go through special channels for approval.
Ketchup In Schools
While a basic commodity in American schools, ketchup has been banned in French schools. However, French fries are still allowed to be dipped in ketchup in France, albeit a small cup of ketchup that doesn’t size up to what is available in America. The reason? The French government thought that teens were using too much and “ruining” the French cuisine. Ketchup, however, is available with many meals in American schools from hamburgers and hot dogs to French fries and pizza.
Chewing gum has been somewhat banned in Singapore. It was never officially illegal, but the import of chewing gum was banned. However, in 2004, the ban was somewhat lifted. With a prescription from the dentist or orthodontist, those in Singapore can receive sugar-free gum. If they are found spitting it out on the ground or littering in some way with it, they can still receive fines for using the gum.
Many Americans remember being spanked as a child. However, Sweden led the ban on this punishment in 1979. 45 other countries followed their lead leaving parents to rely on time out. However, as long as it doesn’t become abuse, it’s legal in America. 19 states can still allow schools to use spanking as a punishment. Yikes!
Those plastic bags given to you at the grocery store are another odd thing that has been banned. France, Tanzania, and Mexico City are only a few places on the list of where these plastic bags are banned. Surprisingly enough, the American city of San Francisco banned these plastic bags in 2007, and LA followed in 2013. California completely banned them in July 2013.
Incandescent Light Bulbs
In 2005, Cuba and Venezuela were the first countries in the world to ban incandescent light bulbs to then replace them with more energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs. Two years later, Australia, Brazil, Canada as well as many other countries in Europe have also proceeded with the ban.