Top five things you can do with a vuvuzela
Cape Town, South Africa
We love to hate 'em.
Long, plastic and China-made, vuvuzelas have become a fixture of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Every once in a while there is a moment of absolute symphony -- a certain beat that fills the stadium in a dramatic crescendo beyond any expectation for monotone hooters. The Onion has rightly put the South African Vuvuzela Philharmonic centre stage.
But no sooner, the ensemble catapults back into chaos, an angry swarm of bees emerges.
The other night I got my very own instrument as a bar parting gift. I must admit, I haven't blown in it yet and may not actually need to. Over the last few weeks, as the novelty of the instrument fades (OK, for many people blasting out eardrums still ends in a round of giggles), I've noticed the instruments taking on all-new functions Take a look at my photos of how people are using the vuvuzellas.
Last week in Cape Town's Green Point stadium groups of youth were using their horns to inflate the free condoms available in stadium washrooms. The elongate sausage balloons then floated around the stadium bumping along the heads of spectators before ending up on the field.
In honour of our collective hearing, here are the top ten things you can do with your vuvuzela, without blowing into it.
5. Hearing Aid. After you've lost your hearing from one-too-many close vuvuzela encounters, it can be used in reverse, as an amplifier.
4. Beer funnel. I haven't measured it out yet, but pretty sure you could get at least a pint in there.
3. Weapon for post-game hooliganism. The first attack was a couple of weeks ago after the Brazil/ Ivory Coast game. Although the South African Police have managed to keep many hooligans out of the country so far, I'm wondering how long it will last with the final four around the corner. The heat is on for hardcore supporters and this common implement could turn into the weapon of choice.
2. Maradona's inhaler. We've all heard about Maradona's ludicrous hotel demands before the World Cup. I couldn't pass this one up, a poke on his (former) drug habit. A lovely crafted picture of Maradona using one of South Africa's finest vuvuzelas to snort a line of cocaine.
1. Plug for the BP oil leak. Thanks to the guys at Metro for this idea. If BP has another oil leak, they could simply lower a massive vuvuzela on top of the broken pipe and voila -- a new oil well!
If you have any other ideas, please send them through in the comments section!
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About the Author
Anjali Nayar is a Canadian journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. She's reported from the back-alleys of the African continent for the last four years for the CBC, Reuters and the BBC, covering everything from politics to the politics of sport. From training with Kenya's elite runners to cheering on Burundi's footballing president, Anjali uses sport to learn a little more about the world.