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6 Illegal Things You Cannot Imagine Were Acceptable In The Past

Laws are created to guide us and progress the society. It doesn’t mean that in the absence of them, we forget to apply common sense. Apparently, the people below didn’t get that memo. We look at some of the illegal things that are banned now but were shockingly a common practice in the past.

#6 Smoking in an Airplane

Smoking in an Airplane

Imagine walking in on a flight where the cabin is filled with cigarette smoke, just like the smoking lounge of the airport, and you have to sit there inhaling all the smoke if you want to air travel. Can’t do it? Well, You had no choice in that till very recently.

Though the US banned smoking in domestic flights by 1988 due to the health concerns. A global ban on international flights only came at the start of the 21st century. Before then, a passenger would be asked if they preferred a smoking seat, which would usually be at the back of an aircraft. It is also the reason the airplane lavatories still have an ashtray.

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#5 Mailing Children via Post

It was once a common practice for postman to deliver children. Seriously! You could mail children in 1913. The postal stamp was posted on their dress and sometimes, even on their forehead. A law was hastily passed to make this practice illegal as several people had started sending their kids via mail.

This proves that either the post offices were trusted a lot back then or people just didn’t care about the kids like they do now.

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#4 Cocaine in Products

Cocaine was invented in 1860 at a German lab. It soon became popular as it was a cheap drug, which was addictive as hell. It is assumed that even the original coke used cocaine as an ingredient. Coca-Cola refutes this claim, yet keep their original recipe locked in a super secret vault.

You will be surprised to know that cocaine was not banned due to its ill-effects. Instead, it was a mass hysteria caused by a racial scare that forced the government to enact this law.

The fear which led to the ban was triggered by an insensitive journalist. He claimed that cocaine usage by ‘black’ people were making them insane, leading them to rape ‘white’ women. The article was picked up by several media outlets and it went viral. Keep in mind that going viral in those days meant 15 years or so. Soon after, the US government banned cocaine under the Harrison Narcotics Act.

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#3 Reincarnation in China

Believe in reincarnation? Then try to avoid getting reborn in China as it’s banned in the country, unless you take government’s explicit permission.

It takes some courage mixed with heavy stupidity for a government to say that it has banned Buddhist monks from reincarnation without permission. What does that even mean? Experts say that this was a political move by the Chinese government to suppress Tibetans. Okay, so it’s just dictatorship instead of stupid.

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#2 Women being denied the Right to Vote

It’s an open secret that women are not allowed to vote in Saudi Arabia. However, you may not know that women are also not allowed to vote in Vatican City. The only people who can vote for the pope are cardinals (a job post in Vatican) who, very conveniently cannot be women.

The US didn’t allow female voters till 1920, even after gaining independence in 1776! It took the activists and reformers 100 years of struggle to win this right.

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#1 Drinking and Driving

Yes, boozing and then hitting the road was quite common in the past. In fact, Texans in the old days would come out of the bar, put on their one eye jack and start driving. Apparently, it was a popular belief that if you drink and drive with just one eye open you would have a better chance of seeing things.

In 1985, there were 25 states in the US where drunk driving was legal. Many of the Asian countries too did not have a law against drunk driving till the 1990’s. Alabama was the last state in the US to make drunken driving illegal and that happened in 2012!

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