The World Cup is taking the globe by storm, as it always does every 4 years. While it’s still growing in interest here in my home country, the U.S., it’s The Big Event for many countries around the world.
As an American, I did not grow up following international soccer, and had no idea how popular it was until the year 2000, when I happened to be in France during the Euro Cup. It was a coincidence, as I had never heard of the Euro Cup. That changed quickly, as when atop the Eiffel Tower late one evening, I heard a huge roar sweep across Paris – then another a short while later. As I came down the elevator and left the Eiffel Tower to find a Metro station to go back to my budget hotel, I encountered cars honking horns, people yelling Vive La France!, and eventually rioting. I heard someone saying, in English, that France had tied the game with a late goal, and then won it in overtime. Hence, the two loud roars.
I had to run into a cafe for shelter as bottles were thrown in the street by the rioters, and police with shields charging in the middle of it. Considering I had no idea any kind of soccer tournament was even being played, it was quite a first hand introduction to international soccer mania!
This brings me to 2010. I caught a little bit of the World Cup on television, and noticed this loud, buzzing noise in the background. It was constant, and just didn’t stop for the time I was watching. BUZZZZZZZ!
Intrigued, I did some research and found that the buzzing noise came from a contraption called a Vuvuzela. These things are basically plastic horns that fans blow in unison to create the constant, streaming, buzzing sound that we hear while watching these games. It’s considered to be an essential part of the stadium experience while watching soccer in South Africa.
These things have created quite a stir in this year’s World Cup. There are many people who want them banned, as they feel that they’re distracting to the players and television audience. This has inflamed many people.
Of course I had to see how much these things cost. A quick search found them going for between approximately $7.50 to $12.00 each, excluding any shipping costs.
So inexpensive, yet so impactful. What a beautiful thing:)
I would like one of these. Maybe they’ll catch on here in the US, and I could buy one at the mall. Who knows?
I could just see it now….going to the mall, searching for bargains while the vuvuzelas are blaring in the background. BUZZZZZZZ! For many cutting, deal obsessed, penny pinching people out there, frugality is practically a sport anyway!
One more thing: as for the people wanting these banned, I say lighten up! They add a unique flavor to the whole World Cup experience.