Those old school incandescent light bulbs that emit a yellowish hue and make your house look dreamy are totally banned in Cuba and some EU countries. The reason is obvious to save energy. After CFL bulbs came into the market and LED started gaining popularity, Edison’s discovery has been shown the door to make Mother Nature feel relieved. In France, the school canteens and cafeterias have banned tomato ketchup. The reason is quite odd. It has nothing to do with health. Rather to preserve French cuisine. In 2011, the government felt students are eating too much of ketchup, which is ruining their taste buds for authentic cuisine. However, they can eat ketchup with fries. For maximum Indians owning a car is a dream. And many middle class families fulfil that dream by owning a car like Maruti Suzuki Alto. However, the Rs 3 lakh ranged small car is banned in EU for lack of safety. It’s not just because of air bag or so, the entire car compartment is prone to crash. While the world is struggling to make people quit smoking, in Bhutan, any kind of framing, processing and selling of tobacco products are completely banned. Bhutan is also the country with maximum happiness index. Why won’t that be! We all have that friend who would order a Red Bull at restaurant to look cool. Probably he doesn’t know Red Bull is banned in France, Denmark and Lithonia because this drink has often been accused of causing hypertension, depression and convulsion. However the ban is for people below 18 years of age. Every time you have running nose with bad headache, popping up a D-cold is nothing amusing. But did you know that in European and the US market, this drug is completely banned. And so are the drugs like Enteroquinal, Furoxone, Lomotil, Nimulid, Ciza and Syspride, Nimesulide (painkiller) and Buclizine (appetite stimulant). Many of your friends may be relying on Combiflam. Early this year, it ran into trouble for failing drug tests. Who doesn’t know this red solid bar soap! And many of us have used it sometime in our life. A product of Unilever, this soap is banned in EU because of its harshness. The soap is only used to clean some animals. Kinder candies like Kinder Surprise Eggs contain a toy inside the chocolate. To get the toy, a kid needs to eat the candy. This certainly poses a choking threat for children. Also in most cases, kids tend to pop up the entire chocolate. This is why the US has banned Kinder Surprise Egg. Teenage guys love sporting hairstyles that make them look trendy. However in Iran, you can’t get your hair look spiky or ponytailed or mullet. The reason behind this is these look very ‘Western’. And trust me, there is a fine for this as well. In Singapore, chewing gums are completely banned since the 90s. However in 2004, there was an amendment. People willing to have sugar-free gums for oral benefits are allowed to chew gums, but they need to have prescription of a doctor to buy those. Also if caught littering, there are hefty fines to be paid.