A week into the World Cup and everyone now knows what the vuvuzela is. While the three-foot plastic horn responsible for the distracting buzzing noise that has become the backdrop of all 2010 FIFA games is probably not going to get banned because it's, well, cultural (and when Ronaldo complains, people usually listen), it has at least made South Africa an unforgettable setting for the World Cup. Way to make a cultural imprint, folks! After the jump, check out the many ways the vuvuzela has enriched our lives, just in the week that we've been listening to its unmistakable drone.
1. It's Twitter fodder.
Like we needed another account to follow. Oh wait, we do. Follow the zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzs on Twitter!
2. It's a great way to tie in American pop culture and the World Cup. If Dave Henson from BBC Radio 5 Live didn't make this Fifa "week in review" song to the tune of Rihanna's "Umbrella," would Americans even know what was going on in the world of soccer? (via the New York Times)
3. It's a versatile musical instrument.
According to our sister publication LA Weekly,
Musician Pedro Espi-Sanchis was so impressed with the possibilities of the humble instrument that he tuned several of them to different notes and trained a "Vuvuzela Orchestra," which played the World Cup anthem backing an opera singer:
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4. It's another way to perpetuate the Hilter/Downfall meme into eternity, among other things.
God knows Comedy Central needed another fad to create more lame jokes.