The Vuvuzela By the Numbers [Infographic]

If you’ve watched any of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, you’ve heard the constant drone of vuvuzelas, the noisy plastic trumpets used by fans to cheer on their team or at least annoy television viewers.

Even lions are playing with the vuvuzela. Photo: Fox Sports

If you’ve watched any of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, you’ve heard the constant drone of vuvuzelas, the noisy plastic trumpets used by fans to cheer on their team or at least annoy television viewers.

The horns have generated a huge amount of attention, even becoming the most tweeted term related to the 2010 World Cup, but exactly how loud are these horns?

Well, at 120 decibels ears begin feeling pain. At 150 decibels, ear drums rupture. The vuvuzelas clock in at 127 decibels, louder than a rock concert or a jet plane taking off, yet slightly softer than shooting a firearm.

For other questions, such as Vuvuzela’s prevalence on Twitter, the sales spike on Amazon the instrument has received, and how sentiment towards the trumpet-like device has shifted, there is an infographic created by Social Radar that has more than most of us would ever want to know about the Vuvuzela. [Social Radar via Mashable]

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