Friday, June 18, 2010

Vuvuzelas rule!

So what, exactly, is this beast? I think I'll leave it up to Wikipedia to explain. Suffice to say, it's a device (a horn of sorts) that has become popular at the World Cup in South Africa - in much the same way as those huge foam-rubber fingers are at sports events in the U.S.

The vuvuzela is in the news because it's cheap (apparently you can pick one up for seven bucks at Amazon), therefore popular, and the thing emits an irritating noise (a tone in B), drowning out the commentators.

As usual, it looks like capitalism has come to the rescue for those of us desperately looking to buy one - brick-'n-mortar and, of course, online!

Update - Saturday June 19th: I love The Onion, and I see they wrote this story about the vuvuzela. Apparently, there are now dozens of apps for the iPhone and Android that don't seem to do very much except imitate that annoying sound!

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