Americans sometimes take freedom for granted. Not just freedom of speech, but also the freedom to chew gum.
That's right, chewing gum is banned in Singapore because officials want to keep the country's public spaces clean. And it's not the only place to ban products that enjoy freedom elsewhere.
Check out some of the weirdest product bans in the world below:
It Is Illegal To Chew Gum In Singapore
Singapore has banned the import and sale of chewing gum for the past 20 years to help keep its public spaces clean. (<a href="http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-news/singapore-sticks-to-ban-on-chewing-gum-20100305-pmpt.html" target="_hplink">Sydney Morning Herald</a>)
It's Illegal To Buy Women's Magazines In Iran
No Kardashian rumors for you. (UK <a href="http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/middle-east-north-africa/iran">Foreign & Commonwealth Office</a>)
It's Illegal To Display Christmas Decorations In Saudi Arabia
Tacky Christmas lights are not allowed. Saudi Arabia bars the display of religious items that are not Islamic, including Christmas decorations. (<a href="http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1012.html">State Department</a>)
PlayStation Is Illegal In China.
PlayStation 3 and most video game equipment are banned in China because the government says it does not want young people to waste their time gaming. (<a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/johngaudiosi/2012/11/07/researcher-confirms-sony-playstation-3-remains-banned-in-china/">Forbes</a> and <a href="http://kotaku.com/5587577/why-are-consoles-banned-in-china">Kotaku</a>)
It Is Illegal To Buy Or Sell Tobacco Products In Bhutan
Bhutan has banned tobacco to try to maximize what it calls "Gross National Happiness." (<a href="http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/asia-oceania/bhutan">UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office</a> and <a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2012/09/201292095920757761.html">Al Jazeera</a>)
Most Types Of Guns Are Illegal In Japan
It is very hard to buy a gun in Japan, and there are almost no shooting deaths in the country. (<a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/07/a-land-without-guns-how-japan-has-virtually-eliminated-shooting-deaths/260189/#" target="_hplink">The Atlantic</a>)
Pokemon Was Banned In Turkey
Two Turkish children jumped off balconies in separate incidents in 2000, convinced that they had superhuman Pokemon powers. The Turkish government banned the Pokemon TV show soon after. We have been unable to confirm whether <a href="http://pkmn.net/?action=news&page=viewnews&id=174">the ban</a> has been revoked. (<a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2000/dec/13/pokemon_banned_in/">The Washington Post</a>)
Valentine's Day Is Banned In Saudi Arabia
Selling Valentine's Day gifts, including red roses, is banned in the country because the holiday is not Islamic. (<a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7239005.stm">BBC News</a> and <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2010/feb/13/world/la-fg-saudi-valentine13-2010feb13">Los Angeles Times</a>)
Foie Gras Is Banned In Many Places.
Foie gras, or force-fed duck or goose liver, is illegal in California, Chicago, Germany, Italy, Argentina, Poland, Norway, the Czech Republic and Denmark due to concern for the health of the animals it's made from. (<a href="http://zidbits.com/2010/12/there-are-illegal-foods/">Zidbits</a> and <a href="http://sanfrancisco.grubstreet.com/2012/07/foie-gras-ban-replacements-menus-california.html">Grub Street</a>)
Four Loko Is Illegal In The U.S.
In late 2010, the Food and Drug Administration banned the original Four Loko, a caffeine-and-alcohol mix that took the country by storm. (<a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2010/1119/Four-Loko-Does-FDA-s-caffeinated-alcoholic-beverage-ban-go-too-far">Christian Science Monitor</a>)
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