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The recent question Do taxi colors matter in Thailand? links to Amazing Planet's March 14, 2014 Bangkok’s Multi-Colored Taxis which includes a reproduction of the image shown and credited below.

I think I know what all of these "don'ts" refer to except the one on the far left, shown separately cropped, zooomed and sharpened.

Question: What activity does this "don't do this in a Thai taxi" image refer to?

cropped, zoomed, sharpened from Adam Bowers' 2011 Flickr photo "forbidden taxi" https://www.flickr.com/photos/ill_dawg/6807960308/in/photostream/

Adam Bowers' 2011 Flickr photo "forbidden taxi" https://www.flickr.com/photos/ill_dawg/6807960308/in/photostream/

source: Adam Bowers' 2011 Flickr photo "forbidden taxi" https://www.flickr.com/photos/ill_dawg/6807960308/in/photostream/

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    No cattle/sheep/goats carried in the taxi
    – Midavalo
    Jan 1 at 2:14
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    What's the second one from the right, next to no-smoking…? No… chestnuts?
    – deceze
    Jan 1 at 2:23
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    @deceze No durians, a famously stinky fruit. Me, I'm more intrigued by what exactly is going on in the 3rd from the left. Jan 1 at 2:25
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    @lambshaanxy Ah, yes, the fruit from hell. The other one is clearly No Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
    – deceze
    Jan 1 at 2:48
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    @Midavalo since all of the others are straigh-forward, diagrammatic and not stylized, I'm not sure the googly-eyed, oversized head and horns illustration is a no-nonsense representation of livestock. There may be more context here.
    – uhoh
    Jan 1 at 3:44

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From Reddit, the symbol represents a water buffalo, and the Thai word for buffalo also means idiot, so the sign means no idiot / don't be an idiot. Ask the taxi driver if that sign means that the car is a self-driving car.

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    I have a feeling that asking the driver might also be one of the don'ts. Perhaps it's also covered by the same symbol :-)
    – TooTea
    Jan 1 at 12:33
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    This is reminiscent to some South Asia country which uses the cow as the "stupid animal", whereas some Western countries use the donkey.
    – Clockwork
    Jan 1 at 21:12
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    @Clockwork I wonder whether any countries use humans as the stupid animal. Jan 1 at 21:40
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    @Clockwork, so you’re saying that an appropriate translation would be “don’t be an ass”?
    – Carsten S
    Jan 2 at 10:57
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    @CarstenS I was just saying that one of these countries have a saying, which is: "stupid like a cow", which means some countries use other animals as the equivalent of the donkey in some Western countries.
    – Clockwork
    Jan 2 at 11:13

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