They’re long, they’re loud, and they’re here to stay: The vuvuzela takeover

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The Big 10 has banned them. Wimbledon officials cringe at the thought. Vuvuzelas. Like it or not, they’re here to stay.

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past two weeks, vuvuzelas are the long plastic trumpets bursting eardrums around the world. Every minute of every World Cup game televised from South Africa features the instruments’ loud buzzing noises.

The vuvuzela phenomenon rages on with each day of the World Cup, and its popularity shows no signs of declining. In fact, The Belfast Telegraph reports that a team of producers in England has created a vuvuzela dance track that will be released to iTunes. “The vuvuzela has united the world. It is the sound of the tournament. This is a call to everyone to blow that vuvuzela in defiance,” says the group’s front man, who goes by Viv Vuzela.

But techno isn’t the only musical genre experiencing vuvuzela invasion. Two classical musicians from Berlin can play Brahms on vuvuzelas. Yes, seriously.

If that’s not enough, and you’re just dying to listen to the lovely buzzing long after the matches end each day, can help. Prefer to terrorize your family, friends, co-workers, or poor unsuspecting neighbors in a mobile manner? There’s an app for that. Alternatively, surprise anyone by transforming one of their favorite websites into vuvuzela central. For example: The Daily Caller, vuvuzela style.

Last, but certainly not least, a little relief: Life Hacker offers advice on how to silence the vuvuzelas. Finally.