Monday, July 15, 2013

11 things that are banned in other countries but legal in the U.S.

Weird baby names, chewing gum, mullets, and more! 
 
Sorry, 80s-era John McEnroe, but your hairstyle wouldn't cut it in Iran. 

Sorry, 80s-era John McEnroe, but your hairstyle wouldn't cut it in Iran.

1. BABY WALKERS
Babies in Canada have to learn to walk the old-fashioned way. The country banned once-popular baby walkers in 2004, after they were found to endanger babies and delay motor and mental development. Possession or selling of a baby walker can result in fines of up to $100,000 or six months in jail.

2. KETCHUP IN SCHOOL CAFETERIAS
A school cafeteria without ketchup? It's un-American! In 2011, France banned the tomato condiment from school cafeterias in order to preserve French cuisine. The one ironic exception: Students can still eat ketchup on French fries.

3. INCANDESCENT LIGHT BULBS
Phasing out incandescent light bulbs isn't as easy as flipping a switch. But other countries are ahead of the U.S. on this one. Cuba was the first to the finish line when it brought in CFLs and banned the sale and import of the old-school bulbs in 2005. Argentina followed suit in 2010. Meanwhile, other countries in Europe and Asia steadily move toward replacement.
 
For the rest of the story: http://theweek.com/article/index/246744/11-things-that-are-banned-in-other-countries-but-legal-in-the-us

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