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'Yanny' Or 'Laurel'? Why People Hear Different Things In That Viral Clip

'Yanny' Or 'Laurel'? Why People Hear Different Things In That Viral Clip

We were discussing this in the KHQ Newsroom too and it seems like everyone is split.

You've probably heard both by now, depending on how many times you've listened to the audio illusion video that's gone viral this week.

The debate over whether an audio track is saying Laurel or Yanny has people across the country and the world involved. A post on Reddit that has gone viral has divided the netizens over what they hear from the clip.

Similarly, this polarizing audio clip sounds like "yanny" to some and "laurel" to others. "So whichever you're more dominant to is what you're going to lean to, and why you're so persistent on it, that's what you think you hear".

"My mom voted Laurel and so did my dad, but I voted Yanny", Carter Brunner smiled.

Let us know what you heard.

On The Late Show on Tuesday, Stephen Colbert suggested that the audio clip was "the song of summer", and danced to it playing on repeat.

Then, he said, you have to take into account the different ways people are listening to this - through mobile phones, headphones, tablets, etc.

Some people have greater sensitivity to higher frequencies or lower frequencies, Yazel says, which could explain part of why people hear different things.

"It is synthesized speech and the output is a little ambiguous", Goetz said.

No matter what you believe, there's still the one burning question left unanswered; what do you hear?

Couple this with all the cultural and linguistic ways we've been trained to hear certain vowels, and you've got a flawless recipe for a little audio illusion.

User Dani said she was flashing back to "the dress".


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