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YouTube Gets a Vuvuzela Button (Seriously)

CmdrTaco posted more than 4 years ago | from the just-stop-watching-sports dept.

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teh31337one writes "YouTube always has had a way with pranks. Some time in the last hour, the world's largest video portal activated a new button on some videos that looks like a tiny soccer ball. Clicking it will activate an endless, incredibly annoying sound that sounds vaguely like a swarm of insects. Or, for anyone who has been watching the World Cup, like the dreaded vuvuzela — an instrument commonly played in South Africa at football (soccer) games. South Africa is, of course, the host country for this year's World Cup, and fans watching the games have been subjected to the vuvuzela's mindless drone for hours on end. The noise is so annoying that television networks have taken measures to filter it out, and guides have popped up showing viewers how to block it from their TV sets and computers. I'm not seeing the button show up on all videos, but it is definitely appearing on some clips that aren't soccer-related."

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Or how about... (4, Informative)

The MAZZTer (911996) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676414)

...on ANY website? [vuvuzela-time.co.uk]

Re:Or how about... (1)

SweeBeeps (1827982) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676532)

That is so win in such an obnoxious way!

Re:Or how about... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32677004)

This reminds me of when mages got portals to Theramore/Stonard.

safsf (-1, Offtopic)

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Re:Or how about... (3, Funny)

networkBoy (774728) | more than 4 years ago | (#32677190)

ha ha ha, Blocked by my workplaces internet filter for "proxy avoidance"
Anyone using that to avoid a proxy is insane.

Annoying... (2, Insightful)

TrisexualPuppy (976893) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676424)

Why is it that all of these big web giants are doing stuff like this? It has been enough with Youtube adding the "like" button to mimic Facebook when upvoting or downvoting made more sense. But now we have Google automatically adding backgrounds to the search page when you don't want anything to change because it's distracting and works as it is already.

Not that the web should be completely static, but it's annoying when you have change for the sake of change in widely used sites.

Re:Annoying... (4, Informative)

The MAZZTer (911996) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676448)

Oh come on, April Fools Day' is the Internet at its most amusing just for stuff like this. You know it's only a temporary change.

Re:Annoying... (4, Funny)

Spad (470073) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676456)

Well you've got to mimic the Facebook, otherwise how will you attract all those cool, intelligent people who use social networking sites to your services?

Re:Annoying... (3, Insightful)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676648)

all those cool, intelligent people who use social networking sites to your services?

Do not want!

Re:Annoying... (2, Funny)

imakemusic (1164993) | more than 4 years ago | (#32677204)

I guess you don't have time for things like that what with having to get those damned kids off your lawn all the time...

Re:Annoying... (2, Funny)

Chih (1284150) | more than 4 years ago | (#32677250)

It's hard work keeping a lawn free of ruffians and hooligans.

MOD PARENT UP!! (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32676462)

I Like This!

I tried watching... (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 4 years ago | (#32677116)

I've tried watching some of the World Cup stuff, to see what it was all about.

I had to turn it off after a few minutes. That drone of those horns just blew it for me. They are especially bad if you have a slight hangover...at first I thought something was wrong with my set, then figured something was wrong with the audio portion of the transmission.

They really needed to filter that shit out much earlier, as that it may have cost them some American's possibly trying to learn about and watch this game since the US is actually in it.

Re:Annoying... (4, Insightful)

Moryath (553296) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676550)

Far more annoying than either of these are the fucked-up popup "slide window" ads that obscure the bottom 1/3 of every fucking video on Youtube these days.

I've taken to just clicking the Download Helper button and downloading whatever video to my desktop, so I don't have to see those stupid annoying ads and can actually see the video I was looking for.

Re:Annoying... (-1, Troll)

TheKidWho (705796) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676718)

You sound like a leecher.

Re:Annoying... (3, Insightful)

Mathinker (909784) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676926)

Yes, how many products did you buy because of YouTube ads last year? Was it enough? Meh.

Your comment seems very similar to "every download is a lost sale", because, to me, at least, it's pretty clear that "Moryath" isn't going to buy anything advertised in that irritating way --- in fact, I wouldn't even be surprised if he might actually consider boycotting products pushed by "those stupid annoying ads". In that case, his avoiding the ads is doing the advertisers a favor.

And you know what? I even think he's smart enough, in the case where he thought that his behavior was actually damaging Google (and it's not clear that it even is, because I'm certain that Google counts his download as a "view", and I'm not certain that Google doesn't charge advertisers based on the popularity of the clips they are supposed to pop up on, even if they don't get clicked), to move to a different tool which would block the ads while giving Google their share of payback from the advertisers.

Re:Annoying... (5, Informative)

bami (1376931) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676950)

Adblock Plus takes care of these, haven't seen one ever on my desktop/laptops.

Re:Annoying... (0)

couchslug (175151) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676678)

Hubris and change of vision. T

hey are fat, successful, perhaps the first cadre who built them are gone, and the new folks view "activity as progress". Many PHBs change shit so they can mark territory.

The response (relentless flaming) to Google's Stupid Background Trick" is the only way to get through to them.

Cute stupid shit has a place, but inflicting it on users who prefer clean, elegant, efficient design is fucktarded.

Re:Annoying... (1)

NJRoadfan (1254248) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676882)

But now we have Google automatically adding backgrounds to the search page when you don't want anything to change because it's distracting and works as it is already.

Whats funny is the day Google introed the backgrounds and showed samples, everyone at work thought something was wrong with their computer. Google prided themselves with (and others lauded) their simple vanilla search page. Then they go and try and copy Bing.... yeah, copy one of their biggest competitors.

Re:Annoying... (1)

John Pfeiffer (454131) | more than 4 years ago | (#32677082)

Something else annoying on Google lately, when you search for something, and the result you click on is a forum thread, when you go back to the google search, after several seconds the entry for the forum thread you were just looking at expands to have a 'More threads from this forum' or somesuch link. And this invariably happens JUST as you're about to click on the next search result.

Re:Annoying... (5, Informative)

cojoneees (916665) | more than 4 years ago | (#32677130)

Your assumption regarding the rating system of youtube is wrong. The like/dislike system was adopted as a consequence of the rating habits of youtube users not in an attempt to mimic facebook. The majority of the videos on youtube were either 1* or 5* with mostly nothing in between.

The like/dislike mechanism is an evolution of a system that is trying to adapt itself to its user base.

You can read more about this on the official youtube blog - http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/2009/09/five-stars-dominate-ratings.html [blogspot.com]

Cheers.

dreaded? (5, Insightful)

unixcrab (1080985) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676438)

Dreaded? Incredibly annoying? Come one, it's just a trumpet. I get the feeling that after all the prophets of doom predicted the stadiums wouldn't be finished and the fans would be murdered by criminals, they have nothing left to complain about except the little trumpets.

Re:dreaded? (1)

Spad (470073) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676480)

It's like a thousand angry bees trying to force their way into your brain via your ears. Though to be fair I have largely tuned it out now - at least it's a consistent sound so it's easy to ignore - and the England game yesterday was the first one where I couldn't actually hear the vuvuzelas over the sound of the crowd.

Re:dreaded? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32676510)

Nonsense, its the height of sub saharan musical expression. Along with bongos. No classical music or conertas aroun here, no sir, hit duh log wit duh stick.

Re:dreaded? (2, Funny)

FuckingNickName (1362625) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676828)

So I was thinking earlier about which artists from each continent will stick in my mind when I look back to music at the beginning of the century. When I contemplated of African music, Ladysmith Black Mambazo [youtube.com] came to mind; when I thought of American music, I couldn't get Britney out of my head.

On-topic, since I dislike football and love bees, I actually sat through one whole televised football match just to hear the vuvuzela and enjoy the mental image of a swarm of angry workers greeting the crowd. Unbarbed, of course - I wouldn't want them to waste the ultimate sacrifice on footballers.

Re:dreaded? (0, Offtopic)

wampus (1932) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676498)

Uh, I think you'll find the bible says bad things about trumpets in the book of revelation...

Re:dreaded? (2, Funny)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676782)

Bad things? The trumpet gets blown by an angel. I guess it depends on the angel whether this is a bad thing...

Re:dreaded? (4, Insightful)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676644)

Come one, it's just a trumpet.

No it isn't. You can get a tune out of a trumpet.

Re:dreaded? (3, Informative)

krou (1027572) | more than 4 years ago | (#32677118)

Bollocks. You can get a tune out of a vuvuzela, too [bbc.co.uk] . Don't know if that video is visible for non-UK viewers, so here's a clip of it on YouTube [youtube.com] .

I don't know how to play a keyboard, and if I bang the keys and make a racket, does that mean it's no longer a keyboard?

Re:dreaded? (2)

flintmecha (1134937) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676908)

Except they aren't playing it like a trumpet. It's monotone and endless. A constant painful pitch. So South Africans truly find that entertaining? Or is the World Cup audience filled with trolls who are playing the vuvuzela "improperly" on purpose?

Re:dreaded? (3, Informative)

RadioElectric (1060098) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676924)

Well, the vuvuzelas in the stadium are one thing but this has actually had a much more annoying effect back home (UK). They're selling vuvuzelas over here now, which means that there are people staggering around our city centres with low-tech airhorns (yes, they are that loud in-person).

So... (4, Funny)

ground.zero.612 (1563557) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676460)

Being that I'm from the US, I didn't need yet another reason to hate soccer... but, thanks Youtube for giving me another one!

Re:So... (5, Insightful)

BoofBaf (624944) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676850)

i have never understood why some people take such great pride in hating something

Re:So... (1, Interesting)

duguk (589689) | more than 4 years ago | (#32677258)

i have never understood why some people take such great pride in hating something

Easy, for me at least to answer. Popular football causes violence, racism, hours lost at work, wasted money, hours of TV and news coverage is lost; and a small minority. who are already rich, are the only ones to benefit.

Speaking of national football, at least in the UK; Manchester Untied owe the banks around £2.2 Billion (a million million, not a US thousand million). That money would pay for about a tenth of the cost of the war in Iraq to the UK. That's just one football club. Most football clubs in the UK are in debt.

Not just that, but at least in the UK, many people see those who don't support Football as unpatriotic - when they themselves are only patriotic during football games.

I believe it's morally wrong to support national and international football because of these, and loads more reasons. Many people don't realise what cost football has, and what little it does. Does that answer your question?

Re:So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32677346)

Wait, are we talking about national football or the NFL?

Re:So... (1)

networkBoy (774728) | more than 4 years ago | (#32677292)

I take great pride in hating Zurich Financial ala Farmers Insurance (farmersreallysucks.com) because they're assholes.

Now if you mean strictly hating something incapable of harming you if you watch it (like football [fifa.com] ,football [nfl.com] , or rugby), then yeah I agree with you.

Re:So... (4, Funny)

Odin's Raven (145278) | more than 4 years ago | (#32677308)

i have never understood why some people take such great pride in hating something

Yeah, I hate it when people act that way!

Or hate at all, even. (1)

IANAAC (692242) | more than 4 years ago | (#32677322)

i have never understood why some people take such great pride in hating something

I don't understand why people even bother to *hate* a sport. I figure, if you don't like a sport, just don't watch it. Ignore it. It's not doing you any harm and most likely isn't a part of your life anyway.

I don't particularly care to watch basketball, but that doesn't mean I'm going to waste energy *hating* it.

Re:So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32677344)

i have never understood why some people take such great pride in hating something

And you're on Slashdot?

Re:So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32677356)

Do you mean people hating soccer, or hating the vuvuzelas?

Football man, Football!! (1, Insightful)

Finallyjoined!!! (1158431) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676890)

That bastardised version of the blessed game Rugby, that Americans call Football, should really be called Throwball.. :-)

Re:Football man, Football!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32677036)

Wow you mean other countries call soccer "football"? I've never heard this mentioned on the internet before. You sir are at the vanguard, enlightening us poor ignorant Americans with your worldly wisdom.

Of course you could just be an ignorant British ethnocentrist who doesn't realize that you're about the only ones calling it by that exact word. Or that the word "soccer" is a word of British invention, from "association football". Or that most of your former empire of nations call it soccer. Yeah, most of the English speaking world call it soccer. You're pretty much alone on this, so fuck off.

Re:Football man, Football!! (0, Flamebait)

should_be_linear (779431) | more than 4 years ago | (#32677124)

That bastardised version of the blessed game Rugby, that Americans call Football, should really be called Throwball.

Or, alongside rugby itself, "Boringball".

Re:Football man, Football!! (1)

joib (70841) | more than 4 years ago | (#32677200)

No, it already has an appropriate name [motivatedphotos.com] .

Re:So... (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676952)

What reasons would that be, as opposed to those to call handegg [wordpress.com] boring? ;)
(In terms of sports, I’m a shooter (online) and rally (offline) guy, so if you think I care about “sides” here, it’s all in your head.)

Re:So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32677094)

It's lucky that there's no such sport as soccer anyway.

YouTube gets a what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32676476)

At first I read that as "YouTube gets a vulva button (seriously)".

I mean, come on. Vuvuzela? What kind of word is that (seriously)?

Oblig. (3, Funny)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676490)

Re:Oblig. (3, Funny)

unixcrab (1080985) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676546)

Re:Oblig. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32676650)

This [goatkcd.com] , however, is funnier and more relevant.

The loop is awful (0, Offtopic)

Robadob (1800074) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676500)

Seriously the track they chose to loop when i heard it this morning was awful, it was too clear where it was looping. Moot did a much better job with the 4chan one a few weeks ago.

For the americans (4, Funny)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676514)

Soccer is what the rest of the world follows for sports as they don't have access to baseball or football or basketball or hockey.

Some americans do play soccer, mostly because mothers consider it to be more harmless then a sport where you hit others with a baseball and spit on your balls, gay men jump each other, or the kid ain't black or japanese or the mother is against open warfare on ice. (European impression of US sports).

The vuuzela is something soccer fans blow because they are bored out of their mind and hate their neighbour but rioting is forbidden. Average EU soccer fan does hockey on the stands.

As an EU citizen who has been to both EU and US sports events, don't bother Americans. Your sports might be impossible to comprehend for non-natives but the atmosphere is a thousand times better.

For the EU soccer fans, attent a US sports event once and make it clear you are a foreinger, the Americans will welcome the newbie and show you everything, just remmeber that they like to play pranks and so will offer you a drink of cooled piss and pretend it is beer. Just smile politely and drop it somewhere. It is all part of the experience.

Oh yeah BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

Re:For the americans (0)

arndawg (1468629) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676660)

FOOTBALL (not soccer you clod) used to be a lot more enjoyable when we where still allowed to drink beer (or even karsk [wikipedia.org] )at the stadiums. Soberness killed the atmosphere.

Re:For the americans (2, Interesting)

OzPeter (195038) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676716)

There was an interesting interview on NPR this week. It was pointing out that quite a few schools in the US are dropping American football for soccer sports programs (basically due to cost as to outfit a soccer team you basically just need a field and a ball compared with suits of armor) so a huge number of kids are playing it. But when it comes to watching sports they all watch American football.

It also suggested that part of the reason for not watching soccer is a distaste for a draw - there has to be a winner, someone has to win and someone has to lose no matter how well the game is played.

Re:For the americans (3, Interesting)

Reality Master 101 (179095) | more than 4 years ago | (#32677262)

It also suggested that part of the reason for not watching soccer is a distaste for a draw - there has to be a winner, someone has to win and someone has to lose no matter how well the game is played.

First of all, American Football used to have draws, and people watched it just as much.

Second, why do people keep searching for some mystical explanation for why Americans don't watch soccer? It's not that complicated. The United States has a HUGE number of sports to watch. It's a mass market. Individuals gravitate to which sports are the most interesting to watch. The market has spoken. Soccer is less interesting to most individuals in the United States than other sports.

It really is that simple. I can go into the reasons *why* soccer is less interesting than other sports to me, but it's not because of some stupid reason like "it wasn't invented here."

Re:For the americans (1)

operagost (62405) | more than 4 years ago | (#32677354)

Ties are allowed in football, they're just not common for various reasons.

Re:For the americans (0, Flamebait)

sqldr (838964) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676732)

"as they don't have access to baseball or football or basketball or hockey."

There's plenty of access to American football here in blighty, since we invented it. We just prefer the 2 other versions of football which doesn't involve some fat fucks in armour kevlar armour calling themselves "athletes" whilst not being man enough for rugby, and we decided we didn't need commercial breaks or hotdogs every 15 minutes to presumably cope with the lower attention span.

Re:For the americans (2, Insightful)

xtracto (837672) | more than 4 years ago | (#32677168)

Haha, I have always thought that American Football is the "pussy" version of Rugby.

A couple of weeks ago I went to Clermont-Ferrand and had the opportunity be there when their team won the France Rugby Championship. As it was on a weekend, I went to the central place to watch the game and the people. Ignoring the fact that people smell, I had a very nice time.

After watching the game I reassured my thoughts about American Football... oh how I would love that the "tough" American Football players had a go against one of these Rugby teams. They will run scared!

And about other places not having Baseball or other sports, GP could not be more wrong. Where I am from, Baseball is also quite famous and American Football is more or less viewed, but nothing like Football to unite all people and have a great time.

BTW, I find really funny how Americans name their events as if they related to all the world (like world series).

Re:For the americans (1)

VGPowerlord (621254) | more than 4 years ago | (#32677264)

we decided we didn't need commercial breaks or hotdogs every 15 minutes to presumably cope with the lower attention span.

Wait, U.S. football games have longer breaks between commercials than normal U.S. Television does?

Re:For the americans (4, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676758)

And, as a side benefit for tourists, you should note that American sporting stadiums are, by and large, riot free. So if you get piss drunk, punch the person in front of you, then light your pants on fire and throw them at a player as he's exiting the field; you will likely be arrested. You are only allowed to act this way in Detroit.

American Handegg (2, Informative)

xororand (860319) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676966)

Foot + ball = Football
Hand + egg = Handegg [thecollegevoice.org]

Wrong button... (1)

xororand (860319) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676986)

it was meant to be a reply to the GP.

Re:For the americans (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32676938)

> will offer you a drink of cooled piss and pretend it is beer

Yeah, last time I visited the US they pulled this one on me in every single bar I went. Even the shops sold it in cans, pretending it was real beer! You guys sure love your pranks, that's for sure! :-P

Re:For the americans (1)

Pteraspidomorphi (1651293) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676994)

My european's idea of baseball (and I've watched it. Live. In the US.):

A bunch of people stand still on an oddly shaped field for hours. Once in a while someone throws a small ball at someone else and a few others run around the field, then everyone stands still again. Most of the time, spectators are watching silly crap on a giant screen while stuffing themselves with really bad junk food.

I won't even describe basketball, I don't want to start a war.

American football and Hockey are fine, though...

Re:For the americans (1)

chooks (71012) | more than 4 years ago | (#32677212)

Baseball: where the definition of a perfect game is one where nothing happens...

Re:For the americans (1)

smi.james.th (1706780) | more than 4 years ago | (#32677058)

Soccer is what the rest of the world follows for sports as they don't have access to baseball or football or basketball or hockey.

I think that's your imagination speaking there, soccer is the beautiful game. Everyone has access to those sports you mentioned, but no-one except Americans wants them.

As a native South African, I'll concede that the vuvuzela is quite awful. I've grown up with it around though, so I've sort of learned to ignore it.

Re:For the americans (1)

ytm (892332) | more than 4 years ago | (#32677084)

For the EU soccer fans, attent a US sports event once and make it clear you are a foreinger, the Americans will welcome the newbie and show you everything, just remmeber that they like to play pranks and so will offer you a drink of cooled piss and pretend it is beer. Just smile politely and drop it somewhere. It is all part of the experience.

Dear God, this is so true.

Re:For the americans (1)

ojustgiveitup (869923) | more than 4 years ago | (#32677102)

File this under "claimed soccer is more boring than baseball - obviously not attempting rational argument".

Re:For the americans (1)

RivenAleem (1590553) | more than 4 years ago | (#32677316)

Soccer is what the rest of the world follows for sports as they don't have access to baseball or football or basketball or hockey.

I don't know about Mexico, but I know for a fact that Canada play a lot of hockey

Since when... (1)

Jizzbug (101250) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676542)

...do Americans watch the World Cup?! Two years of the iPhone has really dumbed-down America... What's next? Next, all I'll hear about online is hockey and the noises the teams' clowns make...

Memes (3, Insightful)

Jojoba86 (1496883) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676552)

This is my new favourite internet meBBBBBBBbbbbbbbbzzzzzzzzzttttttttttttttttTTTTTT.

Re:Memes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32676596)

Beats the hell out o^H^H^H^H^H^H^H

vuvuzela? (5, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676620)

sounds like some part of a woman's anatomy

vuvuzela button: sounds like some part of a woman's anatomy i'm not aware of, but should be aware of

Re:vuvuzela? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32677024)

I sure did a double-take when I first saw that work vuvuzela. A vulva-what?

Years ago, Saturday Night Live had a sketch about yet another whispered-about women's-health issue. The doctor (Chevy Chase) told the patient (Gilda Radner) she had to take better care of her uvula. Then you saw the women of the cast talking with each other in hushed, knowing tones about their...uvulas.

So, vulva + uvula = vuvuzela. Too bad the vuvulzela isn't quiet like a whisper.

the uvula is very sexual (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 4 years ago | (#32677192)

it's a dangling conical fleshy lobe

in other words, the uvula is a cervix, in the back of the mouth

and if you want to completely gag, click this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uvula_piercing [wikipedia.org]

Re:vuvuzela? (1)

mbourgon (186257) | more than 4 years ago | (#32677242)

Reminds me of a line from the late great Dennis Wolfberg:
'My students would ask me "do all women have volvos?"
To which I would then reply 'no, only Swedish women!"'

Re:vuvuzela? (1)

imakemusic (1164993) | more than 4 years ago | (#32677276)

I'm aware of it, I just can't find it!

Warning! Sensible Recommendation Ahead! (3, Informative)

RaceProUK (1137575) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676636)

Just don't click it. It's not like it's labelled 'Do Not Click'.

Re:Warning! Sensible Recommendation Ahead! (1)

Monchanger (637670) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676696)

And if you do click it, click again to disable the sound.

Soccer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32676672)

Indeed why would people watch soccer, I think it's cool that youtube points out the hype. annoing soung and a loooooong game with no breaks. People talk about it but it is not going to catch on unlike real football.

Weel, didn't expect that (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676708)

A year ago, the thought that there existed a more annoying musical "instrument" than a didgeridoo [wikipedia.org] would have been inconceivable. But the world shocks and amazes me once again.

I wonder... (-1, Flamebait)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676728)

I wonder if people would hate on vuvuzelas less if Soccer was actually interesting to watch? It seems like the final proof that soccer really is more boring. In Basketball, Baseball, Football, and Hockey there is a rhythm to the cheering, varying with the action on the field. An hour and a half or more of droning, monotone cheering seems indicative that nothing happening on the field is worth changing the tempo.

Re:I wonder... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32676872)

American Handegg and Baseball are so not synonymous with any action - Baseball commenters even sound bored out of their fucking minds, while handegg is basically rugby for people who can't run.

Re:I wonder... (2, Interesting)

shadowrat (1069614) | more than 4 years ago | (#32677126)

Agreed. Baseball has to be one of the most boring sports ever. The announcer will often discuss bratwurst at greater length than the game.
I'm from Milwaukee and I grew up listening to bob ueker, truly one of the all time great announcers. I swear, only 10% of everything he's said was actually describing the game.

Oh god.. (1)

BlacKSacrificE (1089327) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676736)

YouTube you bastarBZZZZZZZZ!!

South Africa and the vuvuzela (5, Insightful)

slasho81 (455509) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676870)

The one legacy the vuvuzela will have after the World Cup is the future exclusion of South Africa from ever again hosting any international sporting event.

Re:South Africa and the vuvuzela (0, Troll)

crossmr (957846) | more than 4 years ago | (#32677018)

This. It isn't just the damn horn. It is their attitude that goes with it.
In the early days all the news reports were quoting officials saying "We haven't heard any complaints, everyone loves it!" in the later days they've been quoting people saying "If we came to your place and told you not to do cultural thing X how would you feel?"
So they've gone from acting oblivious, to clueless assholedness. There is a big difference between some of the cultural things other countries might do and this annoying thing. If my cultural activity of choice was annoying people around the world 24/7 to the degree this is, I'd want someone to come along and tell me to fuck off.

oh btw south africa, fuck off.

Re:South Africa and the vuvuzela (1, Insightful)

xtracto (837672) | more than 4 years ago | (#32677282)

Nah, it is just a bunch of American and British whiners the ones who are whining about Vuvuzelas. The rest of the world goes to the games to watch and have fun.

Shit, if you want peace and quietness go to a classical music concert.

BTW just so that you hate me more, did you know that the first vuvuzelas where actually used in Mexico? They appeared around the 70's made in Tepito market (famous counterfeiting market. Shit, they were present in Meixco 86 world cup (as seen by this video [youtube.com] .

Re:South Africa and the vuvuzela (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32677062)

The one legacy the vuvuzela will have after the World Cup is the future exclusion of South Africa from ever again hosting any international sporting event.

Wow you really dont know what you are talking about do you, you secondhand? There has not been a more successful World Cup, and thats a fact. Maybe if you knew more about where South Africa was on the world map you would be less inclined to make outrageously stupid remarks. Vuvuzela's are South African culture, if you dont like it, dont what any of the games, we couldnt care less what you did.

Re:South Africa and the vuvuzela (5, Insightful)

slasho81 (455509) | more than 4 years ago | (#32677340)

Just because it's labeled "culture" doesn't make it any less of an annoyance, if not to everyone then at least to international spectators at stadiums or at home.

South Africa should have taken a lesson from China. In preparation to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, China outlawed spitting in public. Spitting, clearly part of China's "culture", is considered an annoyance to international visitors. China considered these visitors their guests and appropriately catered to them.

How about a filter? (1)

crow (16139) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676876)

Before reading the summary, I thought that YouTube had done something useful and added an optional filter to remove the frequencies that the vuvuzelas produce. That would have been cool.

Re:How about a filter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32677158)

Youtube had it for years, it's called mute. Wich is the only way to get rid of the vuvuzelas.

Mod me -5 I don't care (-1, Flamebait)

WinstonWolfIT (1550079) | more than 4 years ago | (#32676934)

The 'African experience' flavour of soccer is absolute crap. If they can't stick their damned horns up their black asses, I hope the world cup never sees that continent ever again.

Presented Without Comment (4, Funny)

Adrian Lopez (2615) | more than 4 years ago | (#32677038)

Full Score (2, Funny)

Adrian Lopez (2615) | more than 4 years ago | (#32677070)

And here is the full score [posterous.com] , so you can play it at home.

Not the Horn, it's the Fans (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32677052)

I don't think blaming the horns is putting the blame where it belongs. I remember these horns from HS football games, and I got out of high school in 1972. We used to only blow them when something good happened. The problem is that the soccer fans are blowing them from sheer boredom, hoping to incite some action, for the length of the entire game. We forget all the mods that American football and baseball have undergone through rule changes - some for TV purposes, but some for the sake of making the games more interesting and more of a fan draw. I suggest they get busy modifying soccer to make it more exciting! More goals, somehow. This morning, I heard a radio DJ make a great suggestion - make the field smaller! It would shorten all that running, leave players with more energy for goal attempts, and make it easier to televise and watch.

I know soccer traditionalists will hate me for this, but I sure think it would help.

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