In 2013, police in the Maldives arrested a coconut for loitering near a polling station for the presidential election. Locals feared the coconut may have been imbued with a black magic spell to influence the election as there was a Surah written on it.
Michael Jackson once spent $150,000 to put a curse on Steven Spielberg because he didn’t give him the role of Peter Pan in the movie Hook.
In Canada it is illegal to pretend to practice witchcraft. However, completely legal to practice witchcraft.
The government of Nazi Germany memorialized the victims of European witch trials of the 16th to 18th centuries, as they thought witchcraft represented the remnant of an indigenous “Aryan” religion untainted by the Judaic influence of Christianity.
Saudi Arabia’s religious police have an “Anti-Witchcraft Unit” who operate a hotline to which citizens can report magic.
In 1944, a Scottish medium named Helen Duncan became the last person to be prosecuted under the Witchcraft Act of 1735. Yes, WWII-era Britain actually wasted government resources prosecuting someone as a witch. Her crime? Claiming she saw an apparition of a dead sailor from the sunken HMS Barham during a seance.
Witchcraft is so accepted in Romania that in 2011 the government tried to tax witches to help pull the country out of recession.
In 1524, a statue of the Virgin Mary was found guilty of being a witch and burned.
In India, many people believe that women who die in childbirth or pregnancy can return as undead vampires and suck blood of their male relatives.