Monday, June 14, 2010

Seemed Like A Good Idea 

Here is a bit of a surprise.  The plastic horn used by South African fans during World Cup soccer games is hard on one's hearing.  There seems to be no escape from it.  During the entire England v. US game, there was a din in the stadium that never let up.  It was hard for players to make themselves heard.  I can only imagine what it was like in the stands with horns blowing all about one. 

The idea of a cheap plastic horn was a good one.  It gives fans a way to express their feelings.  What the horn designers forgot is that the horns are loud.  So, a public relations gesture to the fans has backfired and become a sonic hurricane.  It is hard to imagine that officials can take the horns from the fans now, so it looks like this World Cup might go down as the noisiest ever.


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