Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball fans celebrate Late Night at the Phog with thundersticks.

Thundersticks, sometimes known as cheerstix, bangers or bambams, are long, narrow plastic balloons that are used as promotional noise makers. The noise is created when two thundersticks are struck together. They are most often used at sporting events, political rallies and concerts.

Origin and popularity

Thundersticks were first created in the Republic of Korea[1][2] and later 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 many sports teams in order to show their support, serving a similar purpose as 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 baseball games in Taiwan, in Indian cricket matches and football matches throughout Europe, but sometimes under different names such as "cheersticks" or "bangers".[3]

See also


  1. ^ Lee (이), Gil-sang (길상); Park Hwa-yong (박화용) (2008-10-27). 전태수 사장이 밝히는 막대풍선의 역사. Donga Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved 2011-11-19. 
  2. ^ Bobby Mercer. ManVentions: From Cruise Control to Cordless Drills - Inventions Men Can't Live Without. Adams Media, 2011
  3. ^ Daniel Engber. Who Made That Inflatable Noisemaker? The New York Times, June 13, 2014