Blood has been splashed outside Government House in Bangkok by protesters demanding fresh elections. There appears to be no specific social context for such a protest in Thailand, but it implies passion and links to the colour of the red-shirt protesters.
In Indonesia, the government recently banned the use of buffalo in protests, after the beast was used to symbolise President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as 'big, slow and stupid like a buffalo'.
In India last year, more than 5,000 people - including men - set up a Facebook group to send a provocative gift of pink underwear to right-wing activists accused of carrying out an attack on women drinking in a bar.
Shoe-throwing became a fashionable form of protest the world over, after Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi lobbed a 'size 10' at George W Bush in 2008. In Arab culture, it's considered rude to display the sole of one's shoe.
In Iran last summer, roof-top chants - mainly at night - were a popular form of protest. They stopped after security officers started to mark the buildings where the calls could be heard. Arrests were later made.
Pots and pans were familiar props in street protests against price hikes in Argentina in 2002. Neighbourhood and labour groups called for citizens to fill streets and city plazas via e-mails, web sites and word of mouth.
Last week, David Beckham donned a protest scarf - currently the most political scarf in the football world - worn by Manchester United fans unhappy with the Glazer family's ownership of the club. The colours were used by the club in the 19th Century.
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