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Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball fans celebrate Midnight Madness with thundersticks.

Thundersticks are long, narrow plastic balloons that are used as promotional noise makers. The noise is created when two thunder sticks are struck together.

They are most often used at sporting events, political rallies and concerts.

Origin and Popularity

Thundersticks were created in the Republic of Korea and first gained popularity in the United States when used by fans of the Anaheim Angels during the 2002 World Series. Today, Thundersticks are used by fans of any sports team to show support, serving a similar purpose to the Homer Hanky associated with the Minnesota Twins and the Terrible Towel associated with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Thundersticks have appeared around the world at many sporting events. They are regularly seen in Indian cricket matches and association football (soccer) matches throughout Europe but often under different names, such as bam bams or bangers.

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