Spain may have the most reason to celebrate now that the World Cup is over, but much of the world is ecstatic for another reason. As the New York Times declared in a headline Sunday, "We Have Survived the Vuvuzela."
Throughout the games, players and fans in and outside the stadium had to endure the awful noise of this South African instrument. Even those with no interest in the game probably heard the hum of vuvuzelas in the distance from a television playing the games in a bar or store. So yes, in that sense, we have made it through these dark days of the vuvuzela, but there is still a lingering problem: Where in the world will all those vuvuzelas go?
According to a story from the Smithsonian magazine last month, the official marketing group of the vuvuzela had sold 600,000 of these instruments. And that doesn't include all of the bootleg vuvuzelas that were undoubtedly sold by street vendors across the world.
As far as we can tell, there are essentially three options for what people can do now with their vuvuzelas.
1. Follow the example of the video above and blend the instrument out of existence. It's part of a series of videos that asks the simple question of whether an item can be blended. As the "scientist" in the video notes before placing the vuvuzela into a blender, "Now a lot of us have been watching the World Cup, and it's so exciting. But the number one requested thing for us to blend is, guess what, guess why."
2. Trade your vuvuzela in to KFC for a free Doublicious sandwich.
3. Hoard the vuvuzelas to create an invincible army that can take over the world with noise.
Or you could try to do all of the above. It's your choice.