Restricted and Prohibited: 30 Intriguing Bans from Around the World


26Flag Ban

Flag Ban

In the early 20th century, Danes living under Prussian rule were banned from displaying the Danish flag. To protest this, they bred pigs with a red and white color pattern similar to their flag. The breed is now called “Danish Protest Pig.”

27. A base jumper named Jan Davis protested the banning of BASE jumping at national parks due to safety concerns, by BASE jumping off El Capitan. Her parachute failed to open and she died.

28. Female navels were banned from American television from 1951 to 1983.

29. The Japanese film Battle Royale (2000) is banned in South Korea and it took 11 years before it was released in the United States and Canada. The film was banned in Germany in 2013, but this was later overturned. Quentin Tarantino considers Battle Royale to be one of his favorite films.

30. Scotland banned Christmas for nearly 400 years. It didn’t become a public holiday until 1958.