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Traveling is usually fun and exciting because you are going to learn a lot about the tradition as well as the custom’s of the locals in the region you are visiting. While you are there, you are going to buy a thing or two. Of course, buying these things are legal, but take them with you to your home country can be a real problem. So it will be best you don’t purchase certain items during your travels.

In this article, we are going to be looking at some item that you will never be able to get through customs.

Certain plants

It is not every plant that is going to be allowed to into your home country. What you should do therefore is to make a list of all the plant items in your possession so that a customs official can examine it. You are definitely going to need a permit to carry items like nursery stock and seed. Of course, there are other items you cannot carry like a weed that spreads quickly.

Ancient artifacts

You will not be allowed to travel with an ancient artifact that has probably been stolen from a museum or a church. You are going to need a permit in order to for you to be allowed to carry certain artifact.

Meat

Bush-meat form wildlife in Africa or soup that is made with them will not be given a green light by customs officials. The reason why is that, most of these items are covered with germs and pathogens. Dried meat that is canned also has to go through a very extensive scrutinizing process before they will be accepted. Another reason why most countries don’t want these items is that they may have disease pathogens in them that can affect the local life stock in the region.

More than ten thousand dollars

In order for you not to get into any trouble with customs officials, you need to report all the cash you have on you. If customs officials later found out that you have more than ten thousand dollars in your possession, you are going to be in very serious trouble.

Goat hide

The hide of some goats is used for making drums. Of course, it might be fun to play these drums, but you need to keep it to heart that you will not be able to travel with it. And this is because it is among the list of items that the CDC has restricted.

At the onset of the trend, limousines were exclusive to the wealthy elite of society, the upper echelon consisting of movie stars, businessmen, and politicians. They were considered a symbol of status and power to them.

To be fair the connotation still remains true today despite the thousands of parents who rent limousines for their teenagers for prom. Riding in a limo is a social status symbol even if it is now accessible to the general public and movie stars alike.

Even with such developments, there are still some facts about this luxurious vehicle that are still shocking to most.

1. The first ever limousine was built in 1902 and had a maximum capacity of 4 passengers. Needless to say they were not as stretched out as the versions we have today and with good reason as they were exclusive to a few people at first.

2. Due to the nature of the people who could afford limos in the beginning, the chauffer’s seat was built outside the main compartment to give passengers their privacy.

3. Despite the name, there is no actual brand called ‘limousine’ rather the term is used to refer to the type of car which possesses certain characteristics including partition between the chauffeur and passengers compartments and its outstretched body.

4. The word ‘limousine’ is derived from the Limousine region in France with the initial design resembling a traditional cloak and hood worn by shepherds for protection against the elements. The name has never changed but the popular abbreviation ‘limo’ has been widely accepted.

5. A limo driver is called a chauffeur which is also French meaning stoker, referencing operators of steam engines.

6. A vehicle cannot be called a limousine unless it has a chauffeur.

7. Limos were the first automobiles to have built-in air-conditioning.

8. 1928 was the year stretched limousines were introduced and were used by big bands as transport to get to concerts for example Glenn Miller would travel with his orchestra and their instruments in the vehicles.

9. According to the Guinness World Book of Records, the longest limo was built in 1997 in California. It was 100 feet long and among other things had a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, king-sized bed, helipad and two fax machines.

10. Two popes drove in limos; Pope Pius XII owned a Ghia and Pope Paul VI owned two Imperials; a 1965 and 1966 model.

11. Many brands are making their own versions of the limousine while the most popular ones are the Lincoln Navigator and SUV Limo, there are also other brands that have made the leap including Ferraris, Mini Coopers and pickup trucks limos.

12. KAZ, an Italian-Japanese partnership, has invented the electric limousine which uses large-sized lithium-ion batteries. It has six electric engines and cost 4 million dollars and 5 years to make.

13. The Midnight Rider has set the record as the heaviest limo in the world, weighing in at 25 tons.

14. Limos are divided into two categories; traditional and exotic.