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June 14th, 2010
Blowing at the World Cup

The vuvuzela horn is on the nerves of everyone at the World Cup...

World Cup organizing committee head Danny Jordaan on Sunday did not rule out banning vuvuzelas, the noisy plastic trumpets which have proved a hit with fans in South Africa but not the players and viewers alike.

Criticism of the vuvuzelas is also coming from broadcasting companies complaining the din is almost drowning out commentary.

"We've tried to get some order," said Jordaan.  "We have asked for no vuvuzelas during national anthems or during stadium announcements."

Jordaan told the BBC in an interview that he had to consider the option of banning the trumpets.

The noise is so distracting, France captain Patrice Evra said it was a factor in his side's poor display in their draw with Uruguay.

The captain lamented; "We can't sleep at night because of the vuvuzelas. People start playing them from 6 a.m. We can't hear one another out on the pitch because of them,"

The Hear the World Foundation -- an initiative formed by Swiss hearing products group Phonak to raise awareness about hearing loss -- said tests showed it produced a dangerously loud sound, far out-blasting a chainsaw.

The tests, conducted late last month in a sound-proof studio, found the vuvuzela emitted 127 decibels, more than the air horn -- 123.5 decibels -- and the Brazil's samba drums. 

Just keep playing this over and over at top volume for 4 hours...it might start to crawl under your skin too.


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