Soccer World Cups have the tendency to be defined by an event that becomes a part of folklore and popular culture.The 1986 World Cup in Mexico is still remembered for the famous/infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal by the legendary Diego Maradona that knocked England out. The 1990 edition in Italy saw a 38-year-old Cameroonian striker celebrate a goal as was never done before: by dancing around the corner post. Roger Milla was the striker and the dance around the post is a popular form of celebrating a goal today.
2002 saw Asia host its first World Cup with South Korea and Japan playing hosts. The Asian edition saw hosts South Korea progress to the semi final by knocking out big names such as Italy and Spain. The debate whether referees played a hand in helping the hosts progress still rages on. Eight years later, the World Cup juggernaut has finally reached the continent of Africa. The picturesque and exotic South Africa is the venue of the 2010 edition.
Barely a week into the tournament and the World Cup already had a number of talking points. None of them, however, grabbed the headlines like the ubiquitous, cylindrical, monotone blowing horn known as the Vuvuzela. The Vuvuzela produces a loud, distinct note that sounds like a swarm of insects. The cylindrical blowing horn is a regular feature at soccer matches that are held in South Africa. It represents the exhilaration and the energy of the spectators.
Though Vuvuzelas are very much a part of the African soccer experience, the rest of the world has not taken very kindly to the bright colour plastic horn. Right from soccer players to coaches to spectators to TV viewers, all have talked about the irritating effect of the blowing horn. Despite its critics, the Vuvuzela still manages to blow on match days.
YouTube has added some soccer flavor to some of its videos by adding a tiny soccer ball button. When unsuspecting viewers click on it, guess what happens. The incredibly annoying bee-like sound of the Vuvuzela will play on your speakers. YouTube has restricted the use of the Vuvuzela button to certain videos (mostly soccer videos).
If you are looking to play a prank on a friend who gets really irritated by the Vuvuzela, just direct him to a video on the video portal that has the tiny soccer button.
The African edition of the World Cup will be long remembered for the Vuvuzela: a blowing horn that nearly drove the whole world mad.