During the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, many moments and images stood out. Among them the triumph of Spain against the Netherlands, the unstoppable ovation of the fans and a particular invention called “vuvuzela”.

What are vuvuzelas?

Vuvuzelas are plastic trumpets that are made in various designs and colors , known in Africa for ages, but which gained global popularity during the 2010 South Africa Soccer World Cup.

Its main characteristic is a sharp and shrill sound, annoying. It is very similar to the sound elephants make when sweeping. Although it was used to cheer on football teams, at the end of the world cup numerous complaints began to arise due to excessive noise caused by them.

What are vuvuzelas for?

At the end of the soccer world cup, millions of vuvuzelas were relegated to oblivion, and the problem was to make a profit for them. The mission that they have now been assigned is to drive away wild boars. In China there is a plague of dimensions that go up to 150,000 wild boars, which have destroyed many crops.

Sounding the vuvuzelas has served to make wild boars believe that they are being chased by elephants. They get scared and leave easily.

In the Zulu language, for example, vuvuzela is known as lepatata , in Setswana. The noise that these African trumpets make is also similar to the buzzing of bees. It always depends on how hard you blow on them and how big the crowd around you is.

Vuvuzelas are used to:

  • Cheer on soccer teams during the World Cup
  • Driving away wild boars during a wild boar plague in China
  • As a sound signal in the distance

Problems with vuvuzelas

The annoyance from the noise of the vuvuzelas reached such a level that fans suffered from headaches, earaches and other ailments. The noise from vuvuzelas is so loud that it can cause serious hearing problems. It is essential to take the precaution of not listening directly and moving away so as not to damage the hearing aid itself.

It is required, as a precaution, to sound the vuvuzelas in wide open spaces, away from a person’s ear, and not to do it repeatedly, to avoid discomfort.

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Dr. Samantha Robson ( CRN: 0510146-5) is a nutritionist and website content reviewer related to her area of ​​expertise. With a postgraduate degree in Nutrition from The University of Arizona, she is a specialist in Sports Nutrition from Oxford University and is also a member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

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