Need An Annoying Horn to Cheer for World Cup Matches? There’s An App for That

by Matt Klassen on June 16, 2010

Who ever thought a horn would cause so much controversy? If you’ve been following along on the behind-the-scenes drama of the World Cup in South Africa you’ve undoubtedly heard about the complaints lodged against the staple of annoying South African cheering devices, the Vuvuzela.

This horn, which emits a ear-splitting 130 decibels of noise—slightly quieter than a jet engine—has been a noticeable feature of every game of the World Cup so far, and the fact that fans blow the horns for the entire duration of the match means that if you’re unlucky enough be sitting beside someone with a Vuvuzela, you’re probably not enjoying yourself very much at all.

Now just imagine the joy your friends and neighbors will feel when you arrive at tomorrow’s World Cup party with a Vuvuzela in hand, but this time it’s on your iPhone! I can feel the love already.

In what is quickly turning out to be one of the most sought after and not to mention annoying iPhone applications, the amazingly simple iVuvuzela app, offered free during the World Cup, has surpassed an amazing one (1) million downloads.

This means, simply put, that if you want to annoy your friends and neighbors at the next World Cup match, perhaps theiVuvuzela is for you. While it unfortunately only doles out a minuscule 90 decibels—about as loud as a lawn mower or hair dryer—it will nevertheless be sure to drive all the soccer fans in your living room absolutely crazy.

The horn itself, however, has been the focus of significant controversy on the South African soccer tournament, as many teams from around the world have lodged formal complaints with the soccer governing body FIFA over the horns distractive qualities and pushed for it to be banned.

Unfortunately for those who enjoy hearing, those complaints have fallen on deaf ears—perhaps deaf because FIFA officials have had the unfortunate displeasure of having a horn continuously blared in their ear. Nevertheless, FIFA has assured the rabid South Africa fans that the horn, which many consider an indispensable part of South African culture, will remain an integral part of this World Cup.

What this means for those of us who have had to settle for watching the games on television is that the only silver lining of not actually being in South Africa to see the games, the fact that the horns are half way around the world, has now been snatched away from us.

Now as we huddle together in our local pubs or living rooms to enjoy the beautiful game we too will have to contend with that annoying guy behind us who just can’t get enough of his newest download, the iVuvuzela app.

God help us all!

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