The “Candy bar protest”, also known as “the 5 cent chocolate war”, “the 5 cent war”, and “the chocolate candy bar strike”, was a short-lived 1947 protest by Canadian children over the increase in price of chocolate bars from five to eight cents.
As the children marched, they sang:
We want a 5 cent chocolate bar
8 cents is going too darn far
We want a 5 cent chocolate bar
Oh, we want a 5 cent bar.
Charles Liteky is the only Medal of Honor recipient to return the medal. He saved 20 wounded soldiers, while he was an unarmed chaplain, during intense enemy fire, in 1967. He ultimately chose to return the honor in 1986, as protest of US policies in Central America.
New psychology research finds extreme protest actions reduce popular support for social movements.
The researchers conducted six experiments with 3,399 participants in total, in which they assessed how different types of protest behaviors influenced support for a variety of progressive and conservative social causes, including the Black Lives Matter movement and the anti-abortion movement. They found that more extreme behaviors — such as the use of inflammatory rhetoric, blocking traffic, and vandalism — consistently resulted in reduced support for social movements.
The researchers also found evidence that extreme protest actions led to a loss of support because they were viewed as immoral. These perceptions of immorality were associated with reduced feelings of emotional connection and less social identification with the movement.
The new study is in line with research that analyzed all mass uprisings around the world between 1945-2014, finding that nonviolent campaigns were more successful at bringing about large-scale political transformation than violent campaigns.
A man in Vermont, upset with local officials for denying a building permit for his proposed business, paid $4,000 to build a giant illuminated middle finger statue on his property. “If you don’t want to look at the building, look at this.” He said to the Development Review Board.
In 2006 a secret speech by the Hungarian Prime Minister was leaked in which he admitted that they lied all the time during their term and didn’t do anything useful. It provoked nationwide protests including a siege of the Hungarian Television building.
Korean college students once protested against the amount of air in potato chip packets by building a raft out of them and sailing across a river.
In 1969, the University of Washington broke up a student protest by having some farmers “accidentally” release angry bees.
In 1938, 150 women chained themselves to cherry trees in Washington DC in protest of plans to cut the trees down to clear space for the Jefferson Memorial. The protest ended when they had to use the bathroom.
Women were not allowed to wear pants on the U.S. Senate floor until 1993 after Senators Barbara Mikulski and Carol Moseley Braun defiantly staged a protest by wearing pantsuits.
Members of the band “Good Charlotte” protested against KFC’s treatment of chickens. Then in 2012 and 2013 appeared in a number of KFC commercials in Australia and even tried to set a world record for eating KFC on “Australia’s Got Talent”.