In seventeenth-century Japan, no citizen was allowed to leave the country on penalty of death. Anyone caught coming or going without permission was executed on the spot.
Talking on a cellular phone while driving is against the law in Israel.
It is illegal to hunt camels in the state of Arizona.
In Turkey, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, anyone caught drinking coffee was put to death.
In Riverside, California, there is an old law on the city's books which makes it illegal to kiss unless both people wipe their lips with rose water.
The movie 'Cleopatra', starring Elizabeth Taylor, was banned from Egypt in 1963 because she was a Jewish convert.
The Spanish Inquisition once condemned the entire Netherlands to death for heresy.
Quebec and Newfoundland are the only two provinces which do not allow personalized license plates.
In Athens, Greece, a driver's license can be taken away by law if the driver is deemed either "unbathed" or "poorly dressed".
During World War II, bakers in the United States were ordered to stop selling sliced bread for the duration of the war on January 18, 1943. Only whole loaves were made available to the public. It was never explained how this action helped the war effort.