Toot Your Own Horn

Posted: June 12, 2010 by amyaubrey in Soccer

The World Cup began today.  The Opening Ceremonies & concert were held yesterday & they had some big names like John Legend, Black Eyed Peas & Shakira.  It really kicked things off (pun intended!)  The first 2 matches were today, starting with the host nation of South Africa playing Mexico.  This game ended in a 1-1 draw.  The next match was France versus Uruguay & this game also ended in a draw but at 0.  Uruguay played really great defense & that’s about the extent of my analysis.

If you were watching, you may have noticed a constant, droning & incredibly annoying sound.  It sounded almost like a swarm of insects & given the games are in Africa, it is highly possible that that’s what it was but in fact, it wasn’t.  What that noise was coming from is called a vuvuzela (pronounced voo voo zeh lah.)

They aren’t the easiest thing to blow on (so many dirty jokes can follow this but let’s try keeping this a PG website.) They are said to have originated in African history as an ancient horn instrument.   The design of the vuvuzela at soccer matches became popular in the 1990s.  Supposedly, some guy attached a bike horn to a pipe & started using that as a noise-maker.  Security thought this could be considered a weapon so he looked for someone to make it plastic & the vuvuzela was born.  They can now be found in every size & color & in all their glory at South African soccer matches.  So next time you’re watching the World Cup & everyone asks what that God awful noise is, you can show off your South African knowledge!


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