2010 FIFA World Cup: Vuvuzelas and Other Tiresome Noisemakers
The most talked about thing at the 2010 South Africa World Cup isn't that European champion Spain got upset by Switzerland.
It's all about the vuvuzelas.
Blow horns that sound like a swarm of bees have been all the buzz during the 90-minute matches.
But to the rare few who have attended a Florida Marlins game over the last couple of years, giveaways include some of the most tiresome noisemakers around.
And those yet to be handed out consist of a Samba whistle and Marlins clapper.
Here's a list of five noisemakers that get on the nerves of everyone but the fans.
Despite the infamous SNL skit with Will Ferrell and Christopher Walken, there's no need for more cowbell.
Two years ago the Fish first handed out the instrument. They then brought it back last season.
If that wasn't enough, the third time will be a charm when 15,000 are handed out on July 17 against the Washington Nationals.
One can only hope Stephen Strasburg pitches a quick game.
Nine innings of cowbells would drive even Blue Oyster Cult fans away.
Even with Mexican players like Jorge Cantu on the team, chants of "hip hip Jorge" should be enough.
Cinco de Mayo may be the only exception.
Back in May fans got just one maraca to shake, totaling 15,000 more than was needed.
Thundersticks, also known as cheerstix, bangers, or bambams, can be found at every sporting event.
And if the team makes the playoffs?
There's a good chance every fan will get at least two. There's no escaping the little kids banging them repeatedly by your ears.
Even worse is when the adults revert back to their childhood and do the same.
In case the noise wasn't irritating enough, fans swing their wrists back and forth as the tiny balls hit both sides of the drum.
For some, that's the most exercise they'll get all day. Keep them away from eyes!
What happened to flipping caps backwards?
What happened to the cute and quiet rally monkey?
For those watching endless World Cup coverage on TV and wondering why there's a swarm of bees in the stadium, this is the culprit.
On Saturday night the Florida Marlins handed out 15,000.
Not quite the 40,000 or more in South African stadiums, but more than enough for a four-hour game that went into extra innings.