2014 World Cup noisemakers quieter than vuvuzelas
Researchers say the official noisemakers for next year’s World
Cup soccer tournament in Brazil will be significantly quieter than
the vuvuzela (voo-voo-ZEHL’-uh) horns that caused so many headaches
The new instrument is a rattle called the caxirola
(ka-SHE’-rah-luh), and it creates sound pressure levels similar to
Researchers from the Federal University of Santa Maria in Brazil
said Thursday that it would take about 2,000 caxirolas to emit the
same noise level as one vuvuzela.
In South Africa, throngs of fans playing vuvuzelas created a
deafening roar during matches.
The incessant buzzing from the long, skinny horns was so loud
that players on the field had a hard time communicating, and many
TV viewers initially thought there were reception problems.