Guess What They’re Talking About: Answered!

June 15, 2010

Here’s another installment of the regular Uncle John’s Blog quiz that we just made up, “Guess What They’re Talking About.” In this week’s episode you’ll have to determine the subject of one paragraph from a recent BBC article.


Okay, here’s the paragraph:

That sound has been unflatteringly compared to a swarm of wasps, even an elephant passing wind.

Okay, UJBRers, Guess what they’re talking about! (Put your answer in the comments below. Answer at 4 p.m. PST today. Winner gets a warm, fuzzy feeling inside.)

Answer: Our three commenters, and few more over at our Facebook page, were correct—it’s the vuvuzelas, the long, plastic horns that make you wonder where the one million wasps are when you turn on a World Cup game. From Wikipedia:

The vuvuzela, sometimes called a “lepatata” (its Tswana name) or “stadium horn,” is a blowing horn up to approximately 1 m (3 ft 3 in) in length. It is commonly blown by fan at football matches in South Africa. The instrument is played using a simple brass instrument technique of blowing through compressed lips to create a buzz, and emits (from the standard shorter horn of about 60–65 cm) a loud monotone.

The horns have been the source of much controversy as they are extremely loud. We here at the BRI personally love them—when they’re played by one person, preferably in Antarctica.

Winners: Please enjoy that warm, fuzzy feeling. And our advice to you World Cup fans: Go with the blow!