The Buzz Heard 'Round the World -- Cup

In this June 5, 2010, file photo, a soccer fan blows a plastic trumpet known as a vuvuzela in Kimberley, South Africa. The sometimes annoying souvenir became an instant symbol of this year's World Cup challenge.
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If you've watched any of the World Cup matches from South Africa, the answer is no -- there's nothing wrong with your TV.

That incessant drone your hear -- that background buzz that sounds like thousands of unrelenting bees -- is actually the sound of thousands of South African vuvuzela trumpets being blown at once.

Plenty of criticism is already being heaped on the South African tradition, with many detractors saying it takes a lot away from the Cup experience. Special Section: 2010 World Cup

And "The Early Show" anchors have certainly noticed.

They discussed it Monday.

"You can barely hear the commentators!" Chris Wragge complained. "Can you imagine if we had to do this two-hour broadcast" with that going on?

When someone on the set blew a vuvezela, Erica Hill said not to believe anyone claiming the noise isn't as bad in person. "It's worse!" she observed.

"It makes me angry" Julie Chen remarked.

Hill said she'd think the sound is distracting to the competitors if you're not used to it, as South Africans are.

France's team has said it is indeed a distraction, and that you can't concentate on anything else or communicate with other players, Wragge pointed out.

And Cup organizers are mulling muzzling them, at least in part, Wragge said.

"It's the new "Early Show" theme, Dave Price kidded.