We can't remember a piece of plastic that has generated this much buzz since the Castle Grayskull replica first became available for purchase back in the early 1980's.
Now, London Mayor Boris Johnson is weighing in on whether vuvuzelas have a place at the 2012 Olympics, to which he has said an emphatic... maybe.
Here are a few telling quotes from Johnson in The Daily Telegraph on the subject of the planet's most obnoxious (or delightful, depending on your vantage point) plastic horn:
On whether they belong at the London Games, Johnson said, "The jury is still out on them and opinion seems divided. If it's true that they are flying off the shelves [in stores] that is a very interesting piece of information."
Translation: Of course I'm not going to rule them out if they have the potential to bring in a lot of money.
However, that quote was in stark contrast with another statement from Johnson, in which he said: "I am very interested in vuvuzelas and in people not having them, wonderful instruments though they are."
It should be noted that the Telegraph classifies the above quote as a joke from Johnson, but nevertheless, his underlying distaste for the instrument has been put on the record.
It should also be noted that Johnson's dislike may come from a complete inability to play the instrument, simple as it may appear to be: "I have been harping and parping all over the place," the Mayor said, "it is not that easy."
(Note to self: Though we're not exactly certain what it means, we would like to use the word "parping" more often, especially in conjunction with the similar sounding "harping." The two have a nice rapport.)
But now we digress. Getting back to the key question: Will we see vuvuzelas at the London Olympics? Given that the 2012 Games are still more than two years away, our guess is no - the vuvuzela will have faded sufficiently from the worldwide consciousness by then, thereby rendering it an Olympic afterthought.
We realize that prospect is hard to envision if you still have the horn's lingering, synthetic echo rattling around in your skull. You'll just have to take our word for it.