NO SARCASM PLEASE, IT'S NORTH KOREA!
Travelling to North Korea? Make sure you keep your razor-sharp wit out of the way.
The country has just `banned sarcasm' because leader Kim Jong-un fears people only agree with him `ironically'. As per reports, warnings have been issued to people. Citizens cannot call Jong-un a fool and a list of blacklisted phrases include, `This is all America's fault'. Any satire that is directed towards the government `will not be forgiven'. But this is not the only ban of its kind, there have been several things outlawed across the world -some serious, some offbeat and funny and yet others downright jaw-dropping. Here's a roundup of a few of them...
FROWNING WHERE: MILAN
Having a bad day? You better take the angst off in the gym or on a jog. Wear a sulky face will get you in trouble Milan. This city in north Italy has imposed a ban on frowning and it is a legal requirement to smile at all times (exceptions are during funerals and at the hospital). Grouchos have to grin and bear it or face a fine.
FEEDING THE BIRDS WHERE: VENICE
Being a `human perch' may have been a constant in so many folks' travel photos, but now, extending out your hands with birdfeed is deemed illegal in Venice. According to reports, violators will have to shell out up to $700 if they do so.
WHEN YOU'RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT.... DON'T CLAP
This June, a school in Sydney, Australia, banned school kids from clapping. They were asked to cheer `silently' instead or `pull faces' so as to respect teachers who are sensitive to noise. And that's not all, another school in X Geelong West, near Melbourne has outlawed hugging.
NO FLIP-FLOPS WHERE: SPAIN
It is not just considered to be a criminal offense to drive in flip-flops in Spain, but could lead to a fine if the same is considered to be a contributing factor in an accident. As per reports, the penalty for wearing footwear that is considered `inadequate' while driving is 200 euros.Incidentally , flip-flops are said to be more lethal to drive in than heels with one in 10 people confessing that one of their flip-flops had got stuck under a pedal while they drove. Noisy flip-flops and sandals are also outlawed in Capri.
TIME TRAVEL MOVIES WHERE: CHINA
Most of Gen Now grew up on fantasy movies like the Back to the Future series and even Terminator 2, but in China, these movies that feature the sci-fi concept were banned in 2011, as authorities felt they were `disrespectful to history'.
STILETTOS WHERE: IN GREECE
Visiting Greece? Keep the heels out of the suitcase. A campaign was launched in 2009 to prevent in female tourists from wearing their stilettos at a few of the country's archaeological sites such as the Acropolis, fearing that the six-inch footwear could damage the monuments. An article quoted a director of antiquities as saying, `Female visitors must wear shoes that do not wound the monuments. These monuments have a skin that suffers and people must realise that.'
SCRABBLE WHERE: ROMANIA
In 1989, Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu banned the game, deeming it `overly intellectual' and a "subversive evil". The ban was lifted a few years later.
A FAT WAISTLINE WHERE: JAPAN
Guess what? In Japan, it is illegal to be fat. In a bid to curb its overweight population, lawmakers set forth a strict rule for waistlines in 2008 -where every man over 40 years must not have a waistline exceeding 33.5 inches, and for a woman over 40, 35.4 inches. So says the country which gave the world sumo wrestling. We rest our comments.
SELFIE STICKS WHERE: EMMY RED CARPET
Those who can't do without clicking themselves need to stay away from two of the most highflying film events -the Emmys and the Cannes festival in 2015. Cannes film director Theirry Fremaux who urged celebs to refrain from them was even quoted as saying, `You never look as ugly as you do in a selfie'. This is one in many selfie bans in prominent cities, major festivals and theme parks, with Mumbai seeing a ban in many places over safety concerns, too.
RUNNING OUT OF GAS WHERE: GERMANY
If you run out of gas on the autobahn -the famous German legendary highway -watch out, you can be fined! While technically speaking it isn't illegal to run out of fuel, it's considered unlawful to halt for anything except an emergency and yes, running out of gas is not considered an emergency .
MAKING FUNNY FACES AT THE DOG WHERE: OKLAHOMA
Okay , we're not sure why you would want to do this in the first place, but in case you get the urge to, get ready for a stiff fine. In Oklahoma, those who make `ugly faces' at dogs can be subject to fines andor jail. Wait, that's not all. Reportedly, in Hatford Connecticut, it is deemed illegal to `educate' a dog and in Northbrook, Illinois it is illegal for dogs to bark more than 15 minutes.
CHEWING GUM WHERE: SINGAPORE
No surprises, here.
Singapore in known to be a stickler for cleanliness so don't be caught with it.Under a rule imposed way back in 1992, no gum can be bought or sold in Singapore and there is a whopping $500 fine for spitting out gum on the streets.
Rope Swing Bikini Fail
Dianna Tries the Rope swing at the Infamous "Diddy" on the Alifia River in Riverview Florida. She has trouble holding on to the rope and just plops into the water, after barely clearing the tree roots on the embankment.
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