Last Friday, World Cup soccer began with the biggest buzz I’ve every heard when soccer was the lead topic. Game chat didn’t last long, however. It was drowned out by another kind of buzz.
If you never heard of a vuvuzela before, you’ve likely heard and/or read a lot about it since the first ball was kicked in this little soccer tournament. Tweets are all abuzz about the noise and even of tourney contingents are speaking out about the incessant bee-sounding noise made by fans with the horn-shaped instruments.
Haven’t heard the din of a vuvuzela? There are reportedly close to a dozen vuvuzelaapps, the most popular being “Vuvuzela 2010” and “iVuvuzela” which has been downloaded more than 750,000 times already.
Some have called the horns’ sound bothersome, others want them banned (which they will not be) and South Africa calls it a symbol of its brand of football.
My guess is that earplugs sales will rise considerably in the next few days. According to WebMD, fans who attend matches should, because the sound could actually be dangerous for one’s hearing. The vuvuzela is louder than a chain saw or lawn mower at 110 decibels and an ambulance siren at 120.
I say, get out your kazoo and test the mettle of a vuvuzeler (I made that word up). Better than that, engage your friends and family. Want to really annoy someone you love? Buy their kids vuvuzelas. Websites such as http://www.buy-vuvzela.com shows the horns on sale for as little as $7.91 on Amazon.com … and it’s the official FIFA 2010 horn. Imagine the hours of fun.
So for people, especially Americans who jumped onto the soccer bandwagon in droves, excitement for a tie match has been droned out by horns. What’s next? Oh yeah, we already have game cowbells.