Top 5 Prohibitions – Best of from both sides of the Atlantic! (PLUS: The Ken Burns documentary of the same name)

Since plastic bags are now officially banned in parts of California, with 500 Dollar fines in the case of defiance, we take a look at some more useful and maybe even funny prohibitions – east and west of the Atlantic.

1. Cell Phone vs. Car driving

Germany starts with a rather helpful prohibition. It’s forbidden there and in a few other European countries to have a cell phone call while you drive to the next telephone booth – or anywhere else. Bike or car. No exceptions. In Germany the state of North Rhine-Westphalia has most people ingoring the rules. Almost 10 off 1000 people in 2009.

More below…

2. Chocolate and toys

What children love to have in Germany, children of the United States cannot enjoy. “Überraschungseier“. It’s a German food company’s product of a chocolate egg filled with a little suprise toy. Don’t bring it to the States. It costs you up to 300 Dollars. Canada, by the way, is much more open for that. No fines.

3. Florida and flying

Every Sunday and on statutory holidays it’s fobidden to skydive. In Florida. And if you are a single, divorced or widowed woman. Sorry.

4. Cactus and saws

Another good one. Don’t chop a cactus in Arizona. It’s not allowed.

5. No dance on some days

Back to Germany where it’s not allowed to dance on some special days. The so-called “silence days”. Not only dancing is ruled out. Sports events, too. On the last Friday before Easter, for example.

And finally there is and was another prohibition

(Video by PBS)

PROHIBITION is a three-part, five-and-a-half-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that tells the story of the rise, rule, and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the entire era it encompassed.

Prohibition was intended to improve, even to ennoble, the lives of all Americans, to protect individuals, families, and society at large from the devastating effects of alcohol abuse. But the enshrining of a faith-driven moral code in the Constitution paradoxically caused millions of Americans to rethink their definition of morality.” [source]

Know some more prohibitions? Tell us below, please…




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