vuvuzela blow by a crowd - Hoogezand-Sappemeer
sets world record
Hoogezand-Sappemeer, Holland -- Around 300 people
in this small town in the Netherlands have come together to
set the world record for the loudest
vuvuzela blow by a crowd.
Observers were on-hand with decibel meters
for what organisers call the first ever officially-monitored
The meter-long plastic horns have drawn
the ire of football fans across the globe during this year's
It was the negative response to the vuvuzelas
that first gave the mayor of Hoogezand-Sappemeer the idea
to organize the event.
"It's not awful. It's just fun to have a
toy like that and make a lot of noise with it so I thought,
okay, we try and make a spectacle from it and we try to make
as much noise as you can possibly make from a vuvuzela. And
we succeed today," boasted mayor Yvonne van Maastrigt.
According to officials, the vuvuzela-blowing
crowd managed to create a sound at a constant level of 110.1
decibels, with peaks as high as 127.5 decibels. A plane on
an airport runway, a jackhammer, or a cymbal crashing all
usually generate roughly 120 decibels of noise.
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