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People are pretty amused at the massive list of items that are prohibited at Eurovision 2018

Hard luck if you were hoping to bring golf balls, handcuffs, chains and ladders to Eurovision this year.

AS WITH ANY huge event, Eurovision has some strict rules about what objects are and are not allowed into the venue over the course of the competition.

They have already released a list of prohibited items, and some are pretty bizarre…

_101040633_0e2c7104d850a842f410a52944de52ab Source: Eurovision Song Contest

Here are some of the strangest items on the list…

  1. Computers and laptops
  2. Cups and mugs
  3. Golf balls
  4. Ladders
  5. Helmets
  6. Knives, syringes and scalpels
  7. Handcuffs and chains
  8. Power banks
  9. Trolleys
  10. Extension cords
  11. Hammers and screwdrivers
  12. Pliers and tool pouches
  13. Explosives
  14. Liquids exceeding 100mls

Let’s start with computers and laptops. Who’s going to roll up to the Eurovision venue in Lisbon with a PC? Are they hoping to sit down and play Rollercoaster Tycoon while they’re waiting on the votes to come in?

Beer mug manufacturer Stroeder in Germany Source: DPA/PA Images

Then we’ve got mugs and cups. Tough luck for anyone hoping to sit down with a cup of tea while they’re playing Rollercoaster Tycoon. Golf balls are next, strangely enough.

What happened in Eurovision history that made golf balls appear to be such a threat? How bad is the golf ball situation that they need to put send this out to everyone who’s attending Eurovision this year?

Career Ladder Source: PA Archive/PA Images

Ladders are also prohibited. Your hopes of changing a lightbulb or getting a better view in the audience have been dashed. It seems obvious enough not to bring a helmet to a concert, but clearly people have tried it in the past.

Similarly, it’s blatantly obvious that there’s no need to bring knives, scalpels or syringes to concerts. And explosives for that matter. But because they’re being so specific, does it mean that weapons that haven’t been named are OK to bring? Could you bring a jousting sword? Or a flail?

Battle of Bannockburn's 700th anniversary celebrations Source: Andrew Milligan

They’ve also banned handcuffs and chains. Is this because disappointed fans have tried to lock themselves into the venues after their favourite act lost? Or do they just want to keep Christian Grey out of the audience?

Can Eurovision please tell us who tried to bring a trolley to the competition?

We’re not the only people who’ve got a lot of questions after seeing this poster.

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