What do you hear? 'Yanny' vs 'Laurel' dividing the internet

Listen up Team Laurel

The audio illusion drew comparisons to the great dress debate of 2015. This is similar to that - but even more maddening.

And, in the words of Houston Texan JJ Watt, "Yanny vs. Laurel is starting some real fights", as social media users continue to debate which name they heard.

"I literally just turned all frequencies below 1khz to negative 70 decibels and I still hear 'laurel, '" someone said on Reddit.

Some Twitter uses suggested a change of frequency, possibly through a change of speakers, could determine what you hear.


This is still extremely weird.

"The low quality recording creates enough ambiguity in the acoustic feature that some listeners may be led toward the "yanny" perception", Story told PopSci.

"Yanny.... I listened 10 times and cant figure out how anyone hears laurel", one person Tweeted. The word being spoken isn't quite yanny or laurel, says Brown University phonetician Chelsea Sanker.

They speculate that there are two separate voices in the recording, one saying "Laurel" at a lower frequency and the other saying "Yanny" at a higher frequency. When the bass is turned up, the lower-pitched "Laurel" becomes more prominent.

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