vuvuzela1 I knew this would happen!In the spirit of the World Cup, Tom & Maria got their hands on a vuvuzela.  Surely, by now, you’ve seen – and heard – one of these things!  We’ve already received complaints from listeners annoyed by it.  Believe me, management gets enough “annoyed” calls because of MY show every day!  I figured it was only a matter of time until one of these things caused a REAL problem.  Check this out…

(Courtesy of the Associated Press)

Police: Vuvuzela Noise Drives An American Nuts 

BERLIN – An American got so fed up with the constant mosquito-like droning from his neighbors’ vuvuzela plastic horn that he threatened to kill them with an ax, German police in the Bavarian city of Weiden said Friday.  The 45-year-old American man confronted his neighbors during Thursday’s Netherlands-Cameroon World Cup game wielding the ax.  The neighbors said he was so sick of the constant buzzing and honking from the vuvuzelas since the tournament began that he screamed: “I will kill you,” and then returned home.

German authorities took the U.S. Army civilian employee into custody and turned him over to U.S. military police.  The military says he has been released and the matter is in German hands.  Prosecutors are now investigating whether to charge the man, whose name was not released, with making a threat and slander for allegedly calling his neighbors names.

The Vuvuzela Phenomenon 

The cheap, meter-long vuvuzela trumpets have become a side story of the World Cup in South Africa, where their buzzing has been the backdrop to every match. 

Players have been criticizing the noise because they find it difficult to take advice from the bench, and visiting fans have no chance for community singing amid the noise. 

A French cable TV channel even offers vuvuzela-free broadcasts for all World Cup matches, with the trumpets digitally tuned out.Defenders include FIFA President Sepp Blatter, Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu — and masses of South African football fans.The trumpets were first produced and marketed in 2001 by South African Neil Van Schalkwyk, who still owns the rights to the vuvuzela name. His latest innovation is to sell each with a pair of earplugs included.


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