Vuvuzela: an ugly name for an ugly instrument of torture.
Well, not that it’s any consolation, but one of the torturers got hurt by it:
Vuvuzela injures South African woman’s throat after she blew the horn too hard at World Cup game
The vuvuzela really blows.
We know the plastic horns trumpeted by World Cup fans are annoying. Now they’ve become a health hazard.
A South African woman ruptured her throat by blowing the horn too hard, doctors told her.
The 3-foot noisemaker has become the unofficial symbol of the 2010 World Cup.
The horns have riled thousands of fans, players and commentators with their ear-piercing sound that resembles a beehive about to burst.
For 29-year-old Yvonne Mayer, the horn proved dangerous, too.
She said a co-worker gave her the horn and she brought it along to watch South Africa’s opening match with Mexico. She admits she was “blowing it as hard as I could.”
“At first I thought I’d gone down with a bug, but the next day it was worse. When I went to the doctor, he took a look and then laughed,” she told the Daily Mail.
“He said I’d ruptured my throat by blowing too hard, and that perhaps I had been doing it all wrong.”
The forceful blowing put a tear in her throat, but no long-term damage is expected.
In the meantime, the Vuvuzelas a gold mine for China manufacturers. Ugh.
Good news: All England Clubs bans vuvuzelas from Wimbledon.