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'Laurel' or 'yanny'? This audio illusion has the Internet divided

16 May 2018

But what word? This is what has driven the internet apart, with some people reporting to hear "Yanny", and others "Laurel".

Other theories were more plausible. "And the higher frequencies say "Yanny". If you turn the volume up and increase the bass, you'll probably hear "Laurel".

The clip is apparently a result of the McGurk effect, an illusion in which people hear something different from the actual sound due to a visual stimulus. Yanny v Laurel. Why can we not just have peace in our time? Now that this reporter only hears Yanny, all she wants to do is hear Laurel again.

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The whole debate is a reminder that the internet is an awesome place. Well, experts interviewed by The Verge said it's both like the image of two faces that is also an image of a vase.

So, depending on the person, they can perceive these patterns differently.

So what do you hear?

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A majority of people claim to hear one or the other, while some insist they can hear both.

What do you hear?

All of these little factors add up to cause absolute pandemonium on the internet. "With a high-quality recording, and if all listeners were listening with the same device, there may not be any confusion". Soon everyone from regular Joes to celebs like Ellen DeGeneres and JJ Watt were talking about it (Ellen thought it was Laurel, but Watt was Team Yanny).

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Who knows what could happen next.

'Laurel' or 'yanny'? This audio illusion has the Internet divided