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Ten Ridiculous Attempts to Legislate Personal Responsibility

From Listverse comes ten absurd government regulations on personal behavior.

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    Ban: City Council Bans Rare/Medium Rare Hamburgers

    Restaurant owners in Westminster (UK) have been told by the city council to stop selling rare or even medium rare burgers.

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    Ban: New Zealand’s Plan To Tax Cigarettes Into Oblivion

    US policies to curb smoking have been pretty effective—adult smokers have dropped by one half in the last four decades or so in the US.

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    Ban: New York City Bans Large Sodas

    When most people read in 2012 that the New York City Board of Health had voted to ban all sodas over sixteen ounces in an attempt to curb obesity among New Yorkers, their first reaction was to make sure they weren't reading the Onion.

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    Ban: Denmark Enacts General Fat Tax

    Yes, Denmark has become the first nation in the world to tax fatty foods, applying a surcharge to any food that contains over a certain amount of saturated fat.

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    Ban: Massachusetts' Happy Hour Ban

    Since 1984, happy hours—or reduced-priced drink specials of any kind—have been banned in the state of Massachusetts.

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    Ban: The UK Bans Gory Movies

    When home video began taking off in the late '70s, it resulted in a bit of a moral panic in the UK over the supposed ready availability to children of violent horror films.

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    Ban: Utah School Fined $15,000 For Selling Soda

    Believe it or not, there is a Federal law in the US governing the selling of soda in school cafeterias during lunch hours. That is, it is prohibited.

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    Ban: Louisiana’s Public PJ Ban

    Caddo Parish Commissioner Michael Williams attempted in 2012 to enact a ban on the wearing of pajamas in public. Not for any health or safety reason, but because what the hell, pajamas in public?

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    Ban: France Bans Ketchup In School Cafeterias

    While US lawmakers considered classifying ketchup as a vegetable in the early '80s to allow schools more leeway in planning their menus, the French decided to ban it entirely in schools—except when served with french fries, of all things.

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    Ban: European Union Wants To Ban High Heels, Jewelry For Hairdressers

    In a move that would prevent absolutely nothing, the EU has legislation on the table that would prohibit hairdressers throughout Europe from wearing high heels and jewelry.