What is one of the most annoying sounds in the world. Here is a hint – you probably haven’t heard it before this week…it’s a football thing.
No – it’s not a swarm of buzzing bees, though it sure does sound like it. The most annoying sound in the world happens while you are trying to watch a world cup match on TV and that hummmm just wont go away — yes, it is the Vuvuzela. This is not an African thing, it’s a soccer/football thing that is also quite prevalent throughout Europe, and most certainly it is a very annoying thing. Please – no more!
Vuvuzelas have been controversial. They have been associated with permanent noise-induced hearing loss, cited as a possible safety risk when spectators cannot hear evacuation announcements,and potentially spread colds and flu viruses on a greater scale than coughing or shouting. Vuvuzelas have also been blamed for drowning the sound and atmosphere of football games. Commentators have described the sound as “annoying” and “satanic” and compared it with “a stampede of noisy elephants”, “a deafening swarm of locusts”,”a goat on the way to slaughter”, and “a giant hive full of very angry bees”.
And if you haven’t heard it, this is the sound of tens of thousands of people all blowing their horn at the same time: