Common Things That Were Once Banned Football Football (or soccer, if you prefer) has a turbulent history in England and Scotland, where it has been banned several times. Edward II of England issued the first ban on April 13, 1314, prohibiting the sport in London. He decreed that football caused noise and could lead to certain unwanted consequences. A second ban followed in 1331, when Edward III prohibited football even further. Edward III went on to ban all sports in 1363 and ordered that everyone practice archery instead. Kings Richard II, Henry IV, and Henry V also forbade football during their reigns. While most of the bans were issued over concerns that people spent more time playing football than practicing archery, the kings were not really as concerned with their subjects’ bowmanship as they tried to make it seem. Football was the game of the commoners, without the involvement of the aristocracy. So it was normal that they got jealous Christmas n 1659, the Puritans did the impossible by banning Christmas. The Puritans had a strict interpretation of Christianity and believed that all forms of celebration, including Christmas, were sins. They also considered Christmas a pagan holiday. Christmas festivities were first banned in England in 1644 after the Puritans became the majority in the English parliament. The Puritans in New England heard of the ban and issued a similar one. The ban did not stop at Christmas. Christmas trees, decorations, and dishes like mince pies were also banned. To ensure that no one was secretly celebrating Christmas, they demanded that businesses remain open on Christmas day. Town criers walked around the day before Christmas, reminding everyone that there was no Christmas the next day. Christmas remained banned in England until 1660 and in New England until 1681 Chess At various times through history, chess has been banned in Persia, Egypt, Japan, and France. It was banned in modern Afghanistan and is currently banned in Saudi Arabia. Chess was forbidden in Persia in AD 644, after the city was captured by the Muslim army of Umar bin al-Khatta. Al-Khatta banned chess over concerns it could lead to gambling. A few decades after that, Emperor Jito banned chess in Japan. In 1005, it was outlawed in Egypt, and in 1061, Cardinal Damiani of Ostin prohibited clergymen from playing the game. Chess was banned by the Eastern Orthodox church in 1195 and in France in 1254. King Louis IX said chess was “useless” and “boring.” The Taliban banned chess in 2001. They claimed it made people miss prayers and could encourage gambling. Saudi Arabia followed in 2016, saying the game was a time-waster. It is obvious that all of these kingdoms, churches, and monarchies banned chess over flimsy excuses. This means there could have been undisclosed underlying reasons. That underlying reason is suspected to be religion. People could assume a powerful being somewhere controlled their luck whenever they won or lost a game of chance. However, with a game of strategy like chess, they could realize their win or loss is determined by their actions. The leaders feared this could become a threat if people applied that belief to the real world Popcorn Popcorn was banned from movie cinemas during the silent film era. Back then, movies were a form of entertainment primarily enjoyed by the upper classes, who were most likely to be able to read the captions in the films. Cinemas were expensively furnished to cater to the target audience. The floors were covered with expensive carpets and rugs. Theater owners did not want popcorn bits messing up their rugs, so they just banned it. (Popcorn was a commonly sold street food at the time.) This changed during the Great Depression, when the first sound films appeared. People no longer needed to be educated to enjoy their favorite movies. This opened the cinemas to the lower classes. They came in with their popcorn, which was cheap, even at the height of the Great Depression. Popcorn vendors realized the huge market potential and moved their wares closer to the movie theaters. Cinema owners realized what was happening and started charging the vendors to sell popcorn around their establishments. The owners later realized they would make more profits if they sold the popcorn themselves, so they added it to their businesses Bowling Bowling is another sport that was banned by the British kings of old. King Edward III, who we already mentioned for outlawing football, banned bowling

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