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Protesters, many affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement, prepare to march on the first day of the NATO summit on Sunday.

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Occupy is as much a lifestyle as a political movement. Like any subculture, it has its own fashions, its own music, and its own slang. The next time you’re at a protest, try playing Occupy Bingo. Take  along this list and see how many of these you can spot. (Your Ward Room Blogger saw all of them at Sunday’s anti-NATO march.)

    -- Bandanna worn around the neck, in case of tear gas attack.

    -- Corporate American Flag, with logos of multi-national corporations in place of stars.

    -- Anarchy tattoo

    -- Chuck Taylor All-Star gym shoes

    -- Sign or t-shirt displaying a fist

    -- “99%” on a button, sticker, sign or t-shirt

    -- Woman with unshaven legs

    -- Man wearing a beard, but no moustache

    -- Rainbow flag

    -- Guy Fawkes mask

    -- Canvasser collecting signatures for a Green Party candidate

    -- Red flag

    -- Hare Krishna in saffron robe

    -- Dreadlocks

    -- Blond dreadlocks

    -- Free vegan food

    -- A man holding a fishing pole with a donut at the end of the line, to bait cops

    -- One-speed bicycle

    -- Tie-dyed t-shirt

    --  Drum

    -- Palestinian scarf, also known as a keffiyeh

    -- Poster with quote from Martin Luther King Jr.

    -- Joint

     -- Lawyer’s telephone number written on arm

    -- Shirt with photo of Che Guevara gazing off in the distance

Occupy Bingo. It's a good way to pass the time while listening to speaker after speaker talk about "peace," "justice," "imperialism" and the "the people." (You get points for overhearing those words as well.)
 

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