Look Smart: Vuvuzelas (annoying sound at the World Cup)

If you have been watching the World Cup you probably notice the annoying horn that sounds like static or buzzing bees. But there is nothing wrong with your TV, fans are actually purposely making the sound…. and is capable of reaching 127 decibels.

The vuvuzela is a blowing horn popular among South African soccer fans. While many versions of horns are popular throughout soccer, including the corneta in Brazil, the vuvuzela is favored because of its plastic mold and became popular in South Africa during the 90s. Its name is deprived form Zulu or making a “vuvu” noise.

The vuvuzela has taken over the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and many are calling for a ban on the horn because of its disturbance. Broadcasters along with coaches from the Netherlands and Spain have supported the ban. Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo said the vuvuzelas broke the team’s concentration.

Despite the criticism, FIFA is not banning the vuvuzelas. FIFA President, Sepp Blatter said: “Would you want to see a ban on the fan traditions in your country.”

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