Banning and censorship is nothing new in America.

Or, in the world at large really.

It all starts on a small scale.

They start stripping us of things at school and work.

You know, all for the greater good.

Redditor t0rnado_thegamerwanted to discuss the items that have been taken out of circulation for ridiculous reasons. They asked:

"What's the stupidest thing your school/work banned?"

I feel the banning has only just begun. But let's see what we've already lost.

Fallen

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"We weren't allowed to build a snowman because it 'might fall on you.' They suggested we build a 'snow forest' instead - snowballs on the ground > 1 meter apart. Nobody built snow forests."

AntiparticleCollider

Signs

"6th graders and only 6th graders weren't allowed to draw outside of assigned art projects. I heard any number of reasons for the ban--'gang signs,' vandalism, distraction--but never got one for why the ban didn't apply to 5th or 7th graders. My only guess is that one of the 6th grade teachers just really hated seeing children's artwork."

hypo-osmotic

Silence

"My primary school (age 5 to 11) in the UK banned talking during lunch. Every single child had to eat lunch in a big room, in absolute silence. No talking to friends or socialising allowed. It was pretty insane now I think about it."

OneFreamon

"I was gonna comment this too. My school banned talking at lunch if it got too loud. We had a cup at each table the teachers would make us turn them over and stop talking frequently each lunch."

"The theory was that someone would choke and no one would hear them if it was loud. Incidentally, the only time somebody choked was during a period of quiet and nobody knew because YOU CAN’T TALK WHILE CHOKING!! The person was fine though."

AerobaticDiamond

The Rule Book

"The lack of shoes, as in there is an specific rule against it detailing what should and should not be worn in your feet, all this because a friend of mine read the Rule book and it only said that 'Students must always come wearing appropriate pants and shirts that do not break the etiquette code.' He went to school with shoes and took them off at the entrance for a semester just to piss off the principal. I love that guy."

Inkydex

Code

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"Anything with a snowman on it. Apparently that was code for cocaine."

Cad-Banes

Wow, Snowmen really get a bad rap out in these streets.

Ouch

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"We weren't allowed to say anything was easy because it might hurt the feelings of kids who didn't think that thing was easy."

tgrizzle69

Stay Dry

"Back in my high school, they banned water bottles unless they were clear bc people had been sneaking alcohol into school, but like clear alcoholic drinks are a thing?? so it basically did nothing."

randibird

"Our school did that, too, after previously banning water bottles altogether. One of my teachers then got really bent out of shape about so many people using disposable plastic bottles but the school was really strict about how clear your water bottle had to be and not everyone had a qualifying reusable bottle on hand so what did she expect?"

hypo-osmotic

in the ye' olden days...

"Bottle flipping when that was a trend in the ye' olden days long since forgotten. I don’t know why, and it’s not like they did a good job telling us about the ban so my first and only detention I’ve ever gotten was from flipping a stupid water bottle. That and the 'fight club' that formed in PE but that’s a different story."

Labrat_The_Man

Lies

"Probably Yugioh cards.They were banned because a group of moms made up a rumor that in another unspecified country a kid had died while holding a fiend-type monster, so clearly they were satanic. Years later I learned that one of those moms was my friend's mom and she just didn't want to buy the cards for her son."

GladiusNocturno

Ho Ho Ho

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"Saying Christmas. Had to be called 'the current religious festival.' And no decorations were allowed."

PloppyTheSpaceship

Why are we banning the wrong things? This is nonsense.

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